“MineCraft” Heads To Big Screen
After selling more than 35 million copies across a range of platforms, including IOS devices and X-Box 360, best-selling video game Minecraft is headed to the big screen.
Warner Bros, according to The Hollywood Reporter, has grabbed up the movie rights.
Given the figures, it goes without saying that Minecraft originally created by Swedish programmer Markus Persson, has been an absolute goldmine for Swedish game developer Mojang AB. With Warners picking up the rights, Mojang undoubtedly stands to make another nice chunk of change – especially if the movie is a big smash at the box office. The potential for a brand new movie franchse is obvious.
Roy Lee, who co – produced the hit The Lego Movie, will produce the live action pic. The Lego Movie has raked in more than $187 million since its February 7 release, and Lee will obviously be doing his best to replicate those numbers, or better, with this pic.
Hard core gamers, especially those who have been playing Mincraft since the first Beta was released in 2009, will no doubt be watching very closely to see how Hollywood is treating their “baby.”
The game allows users to dream up any virtual environment through the use of virtual blocks – a format that has allowed it to be known as a “virtual sandbox.”
According to the Minecraft website, when the game first started, users built structures to protect themselves against nocturnal monsters. However, the game’s gradual expansion has allowed players to create what the site calls “wonderful, imaginative things.” One such example, the site says, would be “watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean.”