Warner Bros. Picks Up Rights to 'Minecraft' for 'LEGO Movie' Producer
After bringing us The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to another building block property with the intention of crafting a feature film. Deadline has word that the studio has picked up Minecraft, the popular building block video game from Sweden. And though The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee is developing the project through his Vertigo Entertainment banner, this will actually be a live-action film. For those who don't know about Minecraft, it's an open-world, sandbox environment video game where players mess around in a world composed of virtual blocks, almost like 3D pixels. More below!
With over 100 million users, Minecraft is definitely a hot commodity. But can a movie as original and fun as The LEGO Movie be crafted around this popular video game as well? Much like the film from Phil Lord & Chris Miller, the possibilities of a film using the world of Minecraft are endless, but it's going to take something special to make it work as well. There's a slight hint of a potential story since the game begins by dropping a player into the virtual world where they have to build their own world. But monsters can attack a player at any point, and they have to try and survive. Players can also help build or destroy each other's creations. It's still early in development since Warner just picked up the rights, but we'll be paying attention.