If you thought The LEGO Movie was AWESOME, then prepare to be potentially mind-blown by another world of blocks.
Buoyed by the continued success of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The LEGO Movie, the studio is now looking at developing the hit videogame property Minecraft into a major motion picture. Roy Lee, The LEGO Movie producer extraordinaire, is attached to said developement.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has just acquired to rights to the popular game from Swedish indie developer Mojang AB, and is apparently getting quite an amount of interest from writers and filmmakers since Warners wants to put together a live-action version (yes, live-action).
Minecraft is described as follows:
Minecraft is one of the top five “open world”-type games, in which players can engage in a virtual world, creating any environment they can dream up with virtual blocks. It often is described as a “open sandbox” where the users can build anything they want.
In the Minecraft game, players create their own avatar and use cubes to create, build, and destroy structures and other forms across multiple game modes and various players. When you first begin the game, the player is dropped into the middle of nowhere and must build out a world of their own, but monsters can come out at any time and you must survive the night. According to GameSpot, the XBox version already has sold over 10 million copies. In terms of popularity, it now ranks up there with Tetris.
The news was also confirmed by the game’s creator and designer, Markus Persson, on Twitter:
Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!— Markus Persson (@notch) 27 Février 2014
This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that movie studios have made flicks based on game franchises. (Mortal Kombat, the godawful Super Mario Bros., Doom, the whole Resident Evil movie franchise and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time come to mind. A movie version of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed starring Michael Fassbender as well as Naughty Dog's Uncharted are also coming up). But the track record's not so ... awesome.
Still, do you guys think Minecraft has enough of a foundation on which to build a film? Or will the creepers prevail?