Looks like Warner Bros. will finally mine the video game to mint a potential fortune as it is planning to make Minecraft into a live action movie. Reports say that Jason Momoa is in talks to star in the movie. The studio’s lease of Minecraft, which has been termed as the most popular video game of all times, expires in January so WB has to restart on the action. Jarod Hess is slated to direct the adaptation of the video game to film.
The Ankler was the first to report the news. The movie will be produced by Mary Parent and Roy Lee. Mojang Studios, the Swedish developer behind the video game, will also be among the producers. The studio began this project in 2014 but faced setbacks. The script written by Chris Bowman and Hubble Palmer is expected to be used.
Minecraft is a first-person survival game. It was developed by Mojang studios. It debuted in 2011 and its latest installment called Minecraft Dungeons was unveiled in May 2020. It is the best selling video game ever and has reportedly sold over 238 million copies since its debut. It has almost 140 million monthly players.
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In the video game, players create their own 3D worlds. They mine materials and craft items using colorful blocks to create structures. It has spinoffs and has also won many awards.
Momoa has starred in several larger than life movies and series including Aquaman and Game of Thrones franchises. The 42-year old actor recently starred in the much acclaimed film “Dune.” He has a towering personality. He will continue with “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” the next movie in the franchise scheduled for a March 17, 2023 release. He is also starring in Fast and Furious 10.”
Gaming movies have been doing well in the past few years. Sony released “Uncharted,” which was a success. “Free Guy” with Ryan Reynolds, by 20th Century Fox was a super hit last year. Paramount+ released “Halo” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” both of which were successful. Netflix and Amazon also have a lineup of films based on video games.