Minecraft offers a world of limitless imagination for those that play it; the video game has brought its crafting gameplay to various screens worldwide and will soon tackle the silver screen with a new release date.
Back in 2014, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. had gained the film rights to the popular game created by the Microsoft-owned developer Mojang. Warner Bros. had a release date planned for May 24, 2019 but has now set Minecraft to craft its way to theaters on March 4, 2022.
The film is to be written and directed by Peter Sollett (Freeheld, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist); a small plot synopsis can be found on a news post from the official Minecraft website: “[It’s] the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers. After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.”
This isn’t the first time that Minecraft has explored a narrative format. The game has a story mode that was created by recently closed developer Telltale Games; here, players can make choices that affect and personalize the story itself.
Video game-based movies have struggled to find their voice in Hollywood in the past. It will be interesting to see what Minecraft will bring to the table in 2022.
Aaron is an arts journalist who loves to write about superhero media as well as film and television. He’s been collecting comics since he was nine and is from Lisbon Falls, Maine. Though he hasn’t started the game yet he’s pretty sure he’ll cry once he begins Kingdom Hearts III.