Based on the best-selling sandbox video game title originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and subsequently developed and published by Mojang, the latest word on the status of the forthcoming live-action Minecraft movie has the film slated for theatrical release in 2019. Set to be directed by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and co-star Rob McElhenney, the forthcoming major motion picture production is all set to turn a few heads when it finally sees its worldwide premiere.
Given the outstanding property’s penchant for inspiring and inviting creativity and innovation, a talent like McElhenney behind the camera – and perhaps in front of it as well – should result in a fun take on a broad sampling of elements that makes Minecraft such a unique gaming experience already. On that note, the latest word has another notable screenwriter providing another pass on the feature’s script.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures stalwart Jason Fuchs – of the studio’s recent franchise remake Pan – has just been tapped to give a go at the script for the studio’s forthcoming Minecraft film – which was previously given a first draft by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange). With any luck, Fuchs will manage to bring some of the whimsy inherent to his last feature length production with Warner Bros. to bear in collaboration with McElhenney in the making of what is sure to be another heavily scrutinized theatrical adaptation of an outstanding video game property.
Keeping in mind the fact that Minecraft is still a heavily lucrative franchise in and of itself, it remains to be seen whether or not the forthcoming movie will manage to provide any cinematic avenues worth exploring. Considering the relative hardships faced by Warcraft at the domestic box office this past summer, McElhenney and Fuchs have their work cut out for them if they hope to truly bring something new to the table that hasn’t already been done before in the video game proper.
Then again, following video game studio Telltale Games own narrative spin on the Minecraft property, perhaps it’s too early to tell what shape and form the Warner Bros. movie will take as it continues down the path of its respective production stage. Until the movie finally sees theatrical release in the summer of 2019, longtime players and general viewers alike will just have to wait and see what will finally become of the latest in a long line of cinematic adaptations of best-selling video game franchises.
Minecraft will see theatrical release in the U.S. on May 25, 2019.