Minecraft Is Getting Its Own Lego Movie
by Susana Polo | 11:00 am, February 28th, 2014
The Creepers want tickets. They promise to be real quiet during the movie. Reeeal quiet.
Notch (Markus Persson) and Deadline have announced: Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Minecraft, and are prepping an adaptation with Roy Lee and Jill Messick in producer chairs. Lee just finished shepherding a very successful Lego adaptation to screen.
So this is all pretty reasonable. Minecraft has about as much of a plot as Lego after all, and Warner Bros. managed to flesh that concept out sufficiently to make a genuinely enjoyable movie.
While there are many different ways to play Minecraft, and many different ways that players have found to play Minecraft, the standard core gameplay tends to be one with some similarities to Lego construction: amass various building materials, make anything your imagination can come up with. The key difference, I think, is that the Lego world is not populated with various terrifying monsters equipped with the ability to instantly destroy you or your creations. It makes creation in Minecraft as much about survival (and sometimes digging a hole and cowering within it until dawn) as creation. I’d love to see a hint of that in a Minecraft movie, though I admit it’s not exactly the most kid friendly of themes.
Filmmakers might also have to jump the small hurdle the character avatars of Minecraft, which, while just as customizable, if not more, are generally less expressive and have a smaller range of movement than Lego minifigures, and the less finely detailed world. Contrasting with Lego, the base unit size of every block inMinecraft is half the size of its human figures.
Wait. A live-action Minecraft? Are… are there going to be live-action creepers?
Are there going to be live-action endermen?
I don’t want to watch this movie any more.