by Graham Pierrepoint
In just five years, Minecraft has become nothing less than an absolute phenomenon – for anyone not initiated in open-world, blocky adventuring, the low-resolution mining, hunting and crafting simulation took the PC gaming world by storm in very little time at all, owing both to its relatively endless possibilities, immersive gameplay and accessible learning curve. Since its launch, it’s been ported to several consoles, has taken on millions of downloadable mods, and is even being used in some educational practices to assist in teaching children – it’s loved by players young and old alike, and given its continued popularity even five years after release, it was only inevitable that Hollywood would notice the potential for a movie adaptation. But how do you film a movie based on source material that is essentially a blank slate?
Regardless of how the movie will come about, it’s already moving ahead fairly quickly – and with the game unlikely to disappear any time soon, it’s likely that it will be released while the brand and platform are still hot property. The Minecraft movie is slated to head to cinemas in 2019, and it’s being directed by Rob McElhenney, best known for playing Mac in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – but it’s the film’s first alleged casting choice that is really getting the media talking this week.
Steve Carell, arguably best known for heading up the cast of The Office for the majority of its run as well as a string of hit big screen comedies, is said to be in talks to head the cast of the pixel-mining movie heading our way in around three years’ time. Carell is an interesting casting choice – while he primarily shines in comic roles, he has shown incredible dramatic versatility in movies such as Foxcatcher – and he is of course known in the animation world as amiable supervillain Gru from the Despicable Me movies. Therefore, he’s no stranger to the world of family animation – but that being said, who’s to say if Minecraft will be wholly animated? Very few details are in play at the moment, but some are quick to predict that we could have another Lego Movie on our hands – and this, of course, is no bad thing.
With Emoji getting their own movie too in the near future, there really doesn’t seem to be a craze or game that isn’t making its way to cinemas right now – will Minecraft truly buck the trend in videogame movies under-performing critically at the box office, or will Assassin’s Creed beat it to the punch this coming January? Stay tuned to One News Page and we will be sure to let you know.