The movie based on the wildly popular video game Minecraft has set its release date as May 24th 2019.
The film, directed by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney, was green-lit not long after the massive success of the other block based movie, The Lego Movie. Minecraft has been widely successful since its release by Mojang developer Markus “Notch” Persson in 2011, the game quickly became incredibly popular among gamers.
Countless books and memorabilia relating to the Minecraft game have been produced in recent years and entire gaming conventions solely dedicated to the game such as MineCon have become massive annual events. A series of Minecraft episodes detailing a storyline within the games universe was created by Telltale Games, most famous for their Walking Dead and Borderlands episodic game releases. Whether the Telltale Games storyline will influence the movies storyline is unknown.
Three years after Mojang Studios released Minecraft, the studio was purchased from founder Markus Persson for $2.5 Billion by Microsoft. Since then Microsoft has continued to take direction from Mojang studios and has so far kept the Minecraft community quite happy with its management of the game, but now with a movie being created, fans have yet to fully decide how they feel about it.
With few production details being released so far, apart from the announcement that movie studio giant Warner Bros. were producing it with Rob McElhenney at the helm, some are worried about the direction of the film.
Rob McElhenney, although experienced in creating adult comedy, creating, writing, directing and starring in one of Americas longest running sitcoms, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, has never directed anything on a more family friendly level. This has led to some doubts amongst Minecraft fans, but producers have said that Mojang is working very closely alongside Warner Bros. to guide the production in the right direction.
The Minecraft movie will be released on May 24th 2019 and will have a worldwide release in cinemas everywhere.
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