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The game has been optioned for a potential movie

27 February 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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With The Lego Movie doing huge business at the box office, it’s natural that we’re going to see an uptick in studios leaping aboard the toys and games bandwagon to find the next cash cow. Lego studio Warner Bros. clearly wants to make sure it stays ahead of the pack, and has snapped up the rights to the Minecraft video game.

The game, which allows you to create and shape an entire world, has sold more than 35 million copies across PCs, the Xbox 360 and mobile platforms. Much like with Lego, the only stories are those created by the various users, who can choose whether to explore, create or fight with each other.

Roy Lee, one of the producers who shepherded Lego to the screen, is aboard to work on this one. He’ll no doubt be looking for a filmmaking team that can work their magic the way Phil Lord and Chris Miller did with Emmett and co. What form the film will take has yet to be decided, though animation would seem to be the sensible way to go. A bigger question might be whether Minecraft will hold its popularity the way the Lego toys have, given how long these films sometimes take on their journey to the screen.


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This must be why Notch and Mojang shut down production of 'The Birth of Man', the feature length Kickstarter project from the Rocket Jump guys (mainly Brandon Laatsch) which was due to be released for free online. You can see an article about that here: uk.ign.com/articles/2014/02/07/minecraft-movie-the-birt h-of-man-nixed-by-notch More

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Seems like a pointless cash cow to me. How are they going to make it sufficiently different to the LEGO Movie, yet still be awesome (sorry) at the same time? Clearly Minecraft is a reasonably different user base to LEGO, but it essentially amounts to the same thing, except with virtual rather than physical blocks. Not convinced. More

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