Jason Momoa’s “Minecraft” movie: what you need to know

The genre of video game film adaptations is only getting bigger with the latest news on a Minecraft film. According to Hollywood journalist, Jason Momoa is “in final negotiations” to star in a movie version of the beloved building block game. Here’s what we know about the project so far.

Sources from Warner Bros. have stated that a Minecraft The movie has been in development for at least 2018, and now it’s starting to take shape. The film would be directed by Jared Hess – best known for Napoleon Dynamite – and produced by Mary Parent, Roy Lee, John Berg, Cale Boyter, John Spaihts, Lydia Winters and Vu Bui. Acclaimed producer Jill Messick will get a posthumous credit on the film, and since her passing in 2018, we know the movie has been in the works for quite some time. Still, Momoa’s involvement remains the biggest surprise to fans, many of whom find it hard to imagine this action star taking over a passive franchise with little to no narrative.

Minecraft challenges players to create structures, habitats, and entire worlds with simple, mostly cube-like models. It was created by Mojang Studios in Sweden and debuted in 2011. It has since become a global sensation with over 100 million users. Mojang Studios was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion.

Warner Bros. would have been developing this project for a while and going through different iterations of talent along the way. At one point Shawn Levy was attached to direct, and at another Rob McElhenney was up for the job. It is unclear if other stars besides Momoa were considered.

Historically, movie adaptations of video games have gone badly, and fans still have a healthy distrust of the whole concept. However, in recent years there have been a few successes that have bolstered confidence in the idea. Just this month we saw sonic the hedgehog 2 zoom in theaters as a commercial and critical success.

Other success stories include the recent mortal combat film, Uncharted, Tomb Raider and Detective Pikachu, all of which were reasonably well received, if not loved. There were also movies like free guy that play on familiar video game tropes without adapting specific IP. However, it will take a lot more success than that to make fans forget about the Super Mario Bros. movie, among others.

There is no word yet on when the report Minecraft the film will go into production or what it will really be about. the Minecraft is available in various forms on mobile devices, video game consoles and computers.