Posted on October 17, 2014, Marshall Lemon Minecraft Movie May Soon Get Its Director
When Microsoft acquired Mojang last month, it wasn’t just to get a Minecraft 2 exclusive: It was to take advantage of licensing options for toy and movies. It turns out one of those prospects is coming together quicker than expected. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is in talks with Shawn Levy to direct an upcoming Minecraft movie.
To be fair, this project was in the works before Microsoft entered the picture. Warner Bros. originally acquired Minecraft’s film rights following the massive success of The LEGO Movie, hoping it could duplicate the success. Levy’s last project for Warner Bros. was This Is Where I Leave You, and he has previously directed or produced Night At The Museum, Real Steel, and Date Night.
The Minecraft movie is being produced by Roy Lee from The LEGO Movie. Warner Bros. hope is that Minecraft’s brand name and blank canvas can be used to develop “a multiple audience quadrant film franchise”.