'Minecraft' Video Game Following 'Lego' To The Movies

Minecraft's creator has confirmed reports that Warner Bros. Pictures bought the rights to the insanely popular creative buildling simulation.
Posted at 12:00 PM, Feb 28, 2014

A recently announced video game-to-movie adaption may be a block-buster... literally. 

That's right, the creator of the insanely popular creative building simulation Minecraft says a full-length feature film of the game is now in the works. (Via Mojang)

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Perrson confirmed surfacing film rumors Thursday, cleverly tweeting: "Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!"

Perhaps spurred on by the massive success of the recently released Lego Movie, Deadline broke the news that Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights to the game from Swedish Indie game-developer Mojang late Thursday. (Via Warner Bros.

Deadline Hollywood reports: "The property already is getting huge interest from writers and filmmakers as Warners is putting together a live-action version. Roy Lee ... [who] produced the megahit The Lego Movie ... is going to produce Minecraft."

Minecraft is a game where players engage in an open virtual world, creating any environment they can think of by "breaking and placing blocks."

CNET explains it "has become one of the most astonishing success stories in gaming history ... Since its release ... the original PC version of Minecraft has reached 100 million users, with 14.3 million of them being paid accounts."

Despite broad-based appeal, there are concerns about the prospects of a Minecraft movie. Like, as The Guardian notes, the fact it doesn't have any discernable storyline. 

"Although [it] contains enemies in the form of zombies, exploding creepers and skeleton archers, there’s little in the way of a set narrative beyond what players create for themselves – the game didn‘t even get an ending added until 2011."

That's a major concern for Warner Bros., but given the success of The Lego Movie, which registers an outstanding score of 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Minecraft appears to be in good hands.