The Super Mario Bros Movie, The Last of Us, and Arcane’s recent triumphs have shown that video game adaptations can succeed with the appropriate creative team, despite the formerly negative reputation they once had. Since initially revealing their aspirations for a Minecraft movie in 2014, Warner Brothers and Mojang have swapped teams numerous times throughout the years. Before finally abandoning the project, several filmmakers were attached and the movie through a number of various revisions. It appears that the much-delayed and extensively revised Minecraft movie is finally coming together with a director, an A-list star, and a set release date.
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What Is the Story of the Minecraft Movie?
There are few plot information available for the movie. There have several distinct iterations of the project, and it unknown whether any of the specifics from those earlier iterations will included in this film. A previous draft of the film was going to focus on the idea of “people taking agency over their experience in [the] digital landscape,” and another draft was going to tell “the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers” who must save their Overworld from an Ender Dragon. It’s not clear if either of those plots will still used.
Of course, the plot has never been a focus of the game Minecraft itself. Instead, it is an open-world building and survival game in which players build sophisticated and detailed structures while attempting to fend off attacks from monsters like creepers, zombies, and skeletons. The numerous play modes in Minecraft let players concentrate on the parts of the game they like best, whether that’s cooperative play, survival, or building.
The Nether, a perilous and terrible world, and The End, a collection of floating islands watched over by the vicious Ender Dragon, are two notable places despite the game’s absence of a plot. Additionally, it has certain well-known foes like Endermen and Creepers. We anticipate the film will want to emphasize these venerable and recognisable villains.
Who Is in the Minecraft Movie Cast?
The Minecraft movie will star Jason Momoa, it confirmed in April 2022. With his roles as Aquaman in the DCEU and the main antagonist in this summer’s Fast X, Momoa has had a busy schedule recently. Although we don’t know much about the role Momoa will be portraying just yet, it’s probable that it may be “Steve,” the game’s most recognizable player avatar. (Alex is the name of the standard feminine avatar.)
You might have heard that Steve Carell was going to be a star in the Minecraft movie, but that is no longer true. Although Carrell’s involvement in the film widely reported in 2016, much has changed since then, and it now thought that the The Office and Despicable Me star no longer involved.
Who Are the Minecraft Movie’s Creative Team?
Even more changes have taken place behind the scenes than there have been to the Minecraft cast. The Minecraft movie’s original director was Shawn Levy, who also directed Night at the Museum, The Adam Project, and Free Guy. Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) wrote the screenplay. But in 2014, all three of them quit the project, citing “creative differences” with the videogame’s developers Mojang. A few weeks after his departure, Levy discussed the project in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. He described it as an action movie with “a bit of a Goonies flair.”
Nearly two years later, it revealed that Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who co-wrote the script with Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman), will directing the movie. The movie’s producer, Roy Lee, said in a 2016 interview with Collider that the movie would have centered on the idea of player agency and what that implies in a virtual open-world experience. The project very close to realized, according to McElhenney, who discussed it with Josh Horowitz on the “Happy Sad Confused Podcast,” but it realized that his version of the project was no longer consistent with the studio’s vision after Greg Silverman replaced as studio head by Toby Emmerich.
Adam and Aaron Nee (The Lost City) hired to rewrite the script
In 2018, Adam and Aaron Nee (The Lost City) were hired to rewrite the script after McElhenney quit the project. Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) was hired to helm the movie a few months later, in the early months of 2019. The female lead in Sollett’s adaptation of the story would have faced an Ender Dragon. A few months later, it revealed that the Nee Brothers would no longer be writing the script and that Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) would be taking over.
Obviously, this has now altered, and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) ultimately chosen to helm the picture. Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer, who previously collaborated with Hess on the 2016 heist comedy film Masterminds, wrote the writing for the movie.
When Will the Minecraft Movie Be Available?
The release date for the Minecraft movie has changed numerous times. Rob McElhenney’s version originally scheduled for May 24, 2019, however after his departure and the addition of Sollett, the release date changed to March 4, 2022, before dropped from the calendar. Warner Bros. just disclosed a new April 4, 2025 release date for the movie. Hopefully everything will go smoothly and the movie will this time release on time.