A few years ago Minecraft fans from around the world received an announcement that Minecraft the movie would be released in 2019. Since then, things have seemed dormant on that front, but Warner Bros. and game developer Mojang have been quietly laying groundwork for the release of the movie which has now been re-scheduled for release in 2022.
The lengthy delay comes just a few months after Variety reported that Peter Sollett, who previously directed Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist as well as episodes of television shows including The Village, Rise, and The Path, had signed up to direct the film. Sollett replaced It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney, who joined the project in 2015 but left over scheduling issues; Steve Carrell, who was reportedly in talks for a role in the film, is also out for similar reasons.
The Minecraft film will be “the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers,” Mojang said. “After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.”
Aaron and Adam Nee, brought aboard when director Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) left the project in August, are the writers. They’re also said to be working on a Masters of the Universe film adaptation. McElhenney’s original story was supposed to be an adventure in the style of 1985 cult classic The Goonies, but Mojang tossed that idea.
Mojang announced recently that the Minecraft film adaptation, based on the popular video game, has been set to hit theaters March 4, 2022. Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) now serves as director, having replaced It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney. (Not gonna lie, a Minecraft movie from McElhenney sounds wild.) Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy was also previously attached to the project but has since departed.
Minecraft will bring to life “the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers,” per Mojang. “After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Over world.”
The Minecraft movie is also now listed on IMDB as Minecraft: The First Movie, which could be a placeholder but is also oddly specific deviation from simply “the Minecraft movie”.
“Since we’re a game developer first, making a movie will be new and very exciting. And while the movie has to be different from the game (otherwise, you’d be in for an infinite movie in very low resolution) one thing will definitely be the same,” it wrote. “We want to make the movie—just as we make the game—for you. We’re inspired by countless things, but none as much as the incredible stuff our community creates in Minecraft every day. So keep it coming!”
Microsoft has also provided a brief synopsis of the live-action project, as detailed below:
“So, what do you have to look forward to, roughly 25,000 hours from now? Well, as you devour your movie snack of choice (we like a suspicious stew with a side of square watermelon), we’ll tell you the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers. After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Over world.”
The Minecraft movie is now set for its long awaited release on March 4, 2022, with rumours that the official trailer will be released next year. In the meantime, Minecraft just hit Xbox Game Pass, the Netflix-style subscription service for Xbox One gaming. Priced at a $10 flat monthly fee, the service also grants access to over 200 titles in early 2019.