You know that an idea is in good hands when you hear that Warner Bros. is going to turn a popular video game into a feature film!

Following the box office success of “The LEGO Movie“, a live-action feature film version of “Minecraft” is being developed by Warner Bros. and it was recently announced that “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” creator/writer/star Rob McElhenney will direct it.

Rob McElhenney Minecraft Director


The project, which is said to be a “large-budget” production, was supposed to be directed by “Night at the Museum” helmer Shawn Levy. However, Levy left the director’s chair last December as he described that Mojang, the gamemakers who created “Minecraft”, was not comfortable with his concept.

And today, Mojang brought news on their official site that McElhenney will direct the film, which is slated for release sometime in 2018.

In the simple announcement post, Mojang COO Vu Bui wrote:

Some of you may have seen this guy hanging around MINECON in London a couple weeks ago. He’s Rob McElhenney, and he’s going to be directing the upcoming Minecraft movie.

Regarding his involvement in the movie, McElhenney also tweeted:


No word on who will star in the movie as of yet, but Warner Bros. is producing it.

“Minecraft” isn’t the first video game to be adapted into a movie as a live-action “Need For Speed” movie, starring Aaron Paul, was just released last year. The film adaptation of horror video game “Five Nights At Freddy’s” is being developed at Warner Bros. Studio while the “Assassin’s Creed” movie, which will star Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, is slated for release on 21st December 2016.

The “Minecraft” movie does not have a release date yet, but Roy Lee and Jill Messick are attached to produce it.

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Plot details have also yet to be revealed, but what do you think it will centre on? Who do you think should join cast?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Mojang via

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