Minecraft movie gets Jason Momoa

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When I think about Minecraft, my mind doesn’t immediately go “live-action movie adaptation.” This, of course, means that we are getting a live-action adaptation, and one that stars … Jason Momoa?!

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So, let’s take a look at what we know about this absolutely bizarre project.

This movie was actually announced back in 2014

Back in 2014, Minecraft creator Marcus “Notch” Persson broke the news about there being a film … kinda. Persson tweeted about someone trying to leak the fact that they were working with Warner Bros. on a “potential” Minecraft movie, according to Kotaku, so the tweet was made to get ahead of the leaks. Since then, the film has been in a bit of development hell, having gone through different directors throughout the years, as Kotaku tells it:

At one point, Shawn Levy—whom you may know as the director of such richly complex narrative tapestries as, um, Free Guy and The Adam Project—was tapped to direct, but he quickly left the project. At another, Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia fame was attached to the project in the same capacity, for a planned release date some time in 2019. He exited Minecraft in 2018, delaying the film indefinitely. Shortly after its initial planned release date, Warner Bros., the film’s production company, gave it a 2022 release date. (Hey, kind of on track!) Peter Solett, who directed the surprisingly heartfelt Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, was attached to direct.

The news about Jason Momoa joining the film is the first time we’ve actually gotten some news in regard to movie’s casting, so maybe that’s a sign of progress being made. As to be expected, that 2022 release date is out the window (it was originally set for March), so now all that’s left is to wait and see what kind of project this ends up becoming.

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What we know about the Minecraft movie so far

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Momoa is in final negotiations to star in the film, with Napoleon Dynamite filmmaker Jared Hess working as the director. This makes the … fourth director for the film?

Dune producer Mary Parent and Roy Lee will produce, with Jill Messick receiving a posthumous producing credit for developing the film before her death in 2018. Executive producers include Jon Berg, Cale Boyter and Jon Spaihts. The video game hails from Sweden’s Mojang Studios, with Mojang’s Lydia Winters and Vu Bui also producing the film.

There is no word on what the plot of the movie will be, so feel free to let your imaginations run wild with the possibilities. Will this be more of a Free Guy or Wreck-It Ralph take where the video game world we’ve been playing is real? Or is Minecraft not going to be treated like a video game at all? Is this going to be based on something like Minecraft Dungeons to give it some kind of plot, or are we just gonna go for broke with the original game? Is Momoa playing a dedicated Minecraft player? A video game developer trying to create the next big thing?

Is he gonna be Steve? Is this our Steve now?

How many blocks will it take to render all of this into Steve? Will the water be included? These are our burning questions.

(Image: Warner Bros./Mojang Studios, edited by Briana Lawrence)

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Briana (she/her - bisexual) is trying her best to cosplay as a responsible adult. Her writing tends to focus on the importance of representation, whether it’s through her multiple book series or the pieces she writes. After de-transforming from her magical girl state, she indulges in an ever-growing pile of manga, marathons too much anime, and dedicates an embarrassing amount of time to her Animal Crossing pumpkin patch (it's Halloween forever, deal with it Nook)