Warner Bros. to Develop Movie Based On ‘Minecraft’ Video Game
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the wildly popular video game, Minecraft.
Markus Persson, the Swedish programmer who originally created the game and the company to run it, broke the news. That he is working with Warner Bros. to develop a film based on the game. He tweeted, "Someone is trying to leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!"
Minecraft is one of the hottest video game franchises that has become an internet sensation since it was introduced in 2011. It’s an “open world” type game where players create their own environment and characters in a virtual world. Often described as an “open sandbox,” the game allows users to build anything they want.
Deadline reported that the project is already getting huge interest from writers and filmmakers for the live-action version from Warner Bros.
“The studio is wisely tapping into what could become another Lego monster or bigger as Minecraft has just passed over 100M users and has been downloaded to 14.3M PCs,” wrote Anita Busch for Deadline. “From a marketing standpoint, the property cuts across all demos in terms of popularity. The game is very much like the world we saw in The Lego Movie as master builders constructed what they needed as they needed. Depending on how they develop the property, they could see Lego-like results or a Super Mario Brothers disaster (which was based on a linear platform video game). The animated The Lego Movie has grossed a whopping $187M domestically.”
In other recent news, Screenwriter Jack Thorne will write the script for Sandman, a Warner Bros project based on a pitch from David Goyer. Check out the ScreenCraft post about the news here.
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