New Directors on Minecraft & Emoji Movies in the Works in Hollywood
It's happening. They're making an emoji movie. And this is on top of LEGO movies galore, a Minecraft movie, and whatever this Pixels thing is. Deadline is reporting updates on both projects, at separate studios. The Minecraft movie has been in the works for a while, since the game is has been very successful for a while now. The big news is that Rob McElhenney, best known for co-creating and co-starring in the FX series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", will be directing the Minecraft movie for Warner Bros. Originally it had Shawn Levy attached, but that's no longer the case. As for the emoji movie, Sony Pictures Animation (Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) just won the auction for a pitch based on emoji.
The emoji movie pitch included co-writers Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis on the script, with Leondis attached to direct. He has quite a bit of animation experience previously, directing the DreamWorks yet-to-be-released B.O.O. movie, as well as Igor from 2008, and the Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters collection. Leondis also co-directed Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. Not sure how they're going to make an entire movie about emoji, but oh they're going to find a way, and it's going to be worthy of the most painful little emoticons. As for the Minecraft movie, that one sounds like it's in better hands at the moment. Both projects are still securing creative talent to develop them into features, but they've chosen a few names.
It seems like Hollywood is truly grasping at straws to adapt any and everything it possibly can into a movie. Before today it was a joke that someday we'd see an emoji movie. Now it's actually happening. « sad emoji »