Minecraft: The Movie

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Minecraft: The Movie
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Directed by

Peter Sollett

Produced by

Vu Bui
Roy Lee
Jill Messick
Jon Berg

Screenplay by

Peter Sollett

Based on

Minecraft
by Mojang AB

Production companies

Mojang logo.svg Mojang AB
Vertigo Entertainment

Distributed by

Warner Bros. Pictures

Planned release date

March 4, 2022

Minecraft: The Movie is an upcoming live-action Swedish-American film based on the video game Minecraft. It is being written and directed by Peter Sollett, and is set to be released on March 4, 2022 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Plot

A teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld after the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction.[1]

Production

Minecraft: The Movie is the final film worked on by Jill Messick, who died of suicide during production, aged 50.[2]

Development

The fact that a "Minecraft Movie" may be created was revealed on February 28, 2014 by Notch, when he posted on Twitter that Mojang's partnership with Warner Bros. about a Minecraft film was being leaked.[3] Script work began on March 2, 2014.[4] On October 8, 2014, Vu Bui stated that the movie was in "its early days of development", saying that it was a "large-budget production". He also stated that it might not be released until 2018.[5] Later that same month, Shawn Levy was announced as the director for the film,[6] but left the project along with Kieran and Michele Mulroney, who were serving as writers, due to scheduling conflicts.[7] On July 21, 2015, Vu Bui announced that Rob McElhenney would serve as the director of the film.[8]

On June 27, 2016, Mojang announced the title and release date for "Minecraft: The Movie" by showing the front cover of the script and publicly announcing a release date of May 24, 2019.[9] On October 13, 2016, it was announced that Jason Fuchs would be writing the script.[10] On August 3, 2018, the director Rob McElhenney and the writer Jason Fuchs dropped out of the project and were replaced by duo Aaron and Adam Nee. The release date was also pushed back to an unknown date.[11] On January 3, 2019, it was announced that Jim Berney has been appointed for the film's visual effects.[12] On January 11, 2019, it was announced that Peter Sollett would write and direct the film, with Jon Berg being added as a producer, and Jon Spaihts being added as an executive producer. The plot synopsis was also revealed.[2]

On April 16, 2019, the Minecraft staff announced that the movie would be released on March 4, 2022, stating that it would take such a long time because "making a live-action, full-length feature film is really complicated."[1]

Casting

By November 2016, it was reported that Steve Carell was in talks to star in the film,[13] but left the project due to scheduling conflicts.[2]

Release

The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 24, 2019 by Warner Bros. Pictures[9], but was then pushed back to an unknown release date, before settling on March 4, 2022.[1] It will get an IMAX release.[9]

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