I don’t understand Minecraft. From what I gather, it’s a sandbox resource collecting and building video game where plays dig up gold to pay for 3D building material that’s only limited by imagination. Apparently there’s some questing and fighting in there, but for what purpose, I never was quite sure. As hard as its for me to comprehend the game, it’s even tougher to see how it could be adapted into a movie. Regardless, it’s a massive phenomenon, so of course Hollywood will want to make a buck out of it.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and co-creator Rob McElhenney (a.k.a. Mac) has been attached to helm the Minecraft movie for over a year. Now, Warner Bros. is finally in talks with a lead for McElhenney to direct: Steve Carell (via Variety).
This might seem like a strange career move for Carell, but the actor has spent the last few years balancing money-makers like the Despicable Me series and prestige films like The Big Short. You certainly can’t fault him for taking what’s sure to be a massive paycheck, and besides, WB managed to turn LEGOs into a great film, so who’s to say they can’t build something enjoyable out of Minecraft?
McElhenney is working on the script with Wonder Woman scribe Jason Fuchs with an eye on a May 25th, 2019 release date. We’ll see if Minecraft can maintain its popularity over the intervening years.