Mojang's Minecraft is coming to the big screen... eventually. According to Deadline, Warner Bros has acquired the rights to the hit indie title and The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee is handling the production for the studio. Lee's Vertigo Entertainment partner, Jill Messick, is also producing the film. CAA was behind the deal for the film rights.
"Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!" Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson said on Twitter.
Until a few weeks ago, I would've been unexcited for a Minecraft film. Then I saw The Lego Movie, which was far better than a giant commercial had any right to be. If a Minecraft film is handled in the same manner, there could be a great family film hiding in the concept.
Minecraft is still huge in gaming world, years after its full release on November 2011. Yesterday, Persson announced that the original PC release of Minecraft has reached 100 million registered users with a 14.3 percent paid conversion rate; that means 14.3 million people have paid for Minecraft on PC and the game isn't even on Steam. Minecraft was also the 9th best-selling game in the United States in 2013, according to data from The NPD Group (via GI.biz). Warner Bros is obviously hoping that success will translate into box office business.
Oddly enough, Lego recently announced that it's working on the next set of Minecraft mini-figures for an eventual release. That set is still under development with no firm release date. The first sets are available here.