It’s been a while since we heard anything about Warner Bros. adaptation of the hugely popular video game, Minecraft. We knew that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney was directing and he would be working from a script he co-wrote with Wonder Woman scribe Jason Fuchs. Producer Roy Lee also told us back in February that, “Minecraft would be part of a multiverse where humans can enter that has the feel of what the live action version of a Minecraft experience.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Minecraft, it has different game modes, but the easiest way to describe it is “virtual LEGO”. You can build just about anything, and I’m sure after the success of The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. is looking to repeat that kind of success. Also, for fans of the game, Lee told us that the creators are heavily involved:
“The company, Mojang, is very involved in the development. So they know everything is going to be in the movie that can give us insight into future updates so we can put things into the movie around the same time they relaunch newer versions of the game and at the same time, potentially taking ideas from the movie and putting them into the game. So I don’t know exactly what things are going into the game, but they know exactly what’s going into the movie.”
Today, we finally have the first bit of casting news for the film. According to Variety, Steve Carell is in talks to join the cast of the blockbuster (no pun intended) adaptation. There are no details on his character, but it will be interesting to see what he brings to the project if he signs on.
Carell recently co-starred in Woody Allen’s Café Society. He recently wrapped filming on Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris sports film Battle of the Sexes co-starring Emma Stone.
Minecraft opens May 25, 2019.