Minecraft goes to Hollywood

The Lego Movie producer is bringing Notch's building game to the silver screen

Minecraft: The Movie is coming to a cinema near you.

The Lego Movie is ruling the box office at the moment, so it's no surprise that Hollywood's frantically rummaging around in the toy box for other construction toys and games to adapt.

And the biggest of those games is Minecraft, with 100m users building everything from Game of Thrones' Westeros to the whole of Great Britain on platforms ranging from iOS to Raspberry Pi. Hoping to tap into that popularity, Warner Bros, the studio behind The Lego Movie, has snapped up the film rights to Minecraft – bringing The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee on board.

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Minecraft combines the freedom to build your own creations offered by Lego with a "survival mode" in which you have to maintain your health and battle creatures of the night like zombies and Creepers. It's a fairly safe bet that any movie will be exploring the narrative possibilities offered by the survival mode, though no writers have been attached to the project yet.

The Lego Movie nailed the look and feel of the many stop-motion Lego videos created by fans, with authentically-weathered Lego minifigures making up the cast. So it's a surprise, given Minecraft's distinctive 8-bit look, that Warner Bros is reportedly "putting together a live-action version" of the game.

We'll have to wait and see what form the Minecraft movie takes when it hits the big screen – given that there's an official Minecraft Lego set, maybe it could even cross over with The Lego Movie.

Meanwhile, we're waiting with bated breath for the annoucement of The Meccano Movie.

[Source: Deadline

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