Warner Bros. has made a mint off The Lego Movie and its subsequent spinoffs. Now they’re looking for the next hit, and the stereotypical execu-think is to find the most similar thing possible. What’s popular and closest to Legos, mechanically speaking? Minecraft!
A sequel to Minecraft, the game recently acquired by Microsoft, is not likely to go into development in the near future. Speaking in a podcast for IGN, head of Xbox Phil Spencer spoke about how he was wary of creating another instalment of the popular game for fear of splintering the very strong community. Spencer explained that Minecraft 2 might not be the best option for Microsoft, saying:
According to reports from Deadline, Warner Bros. have secured Shawn Levy to work on their Minecraft movie and possibly even direct the feature film. The director has previously worked on fulms such as Night at the Museum, Red Steel and The Pink Panther. A film based on the hit game was first discussed in February, with the game’s creator Markuss Persson revealing that Mojang was in talks with Warner Bros. about a possible deal. It looks like an agreement between the two companies was signed not long after that with Roy Lee, the producer behind the recent LEGO Movie, on board to help with production duties. Rumors suggest that the movie would be a live-action take on Minecraft rather than an animation adaptation.