The Minecraft movie has gone through quite a rocky production ever since it was announced that Warner Bros. would helm the project back in 2014. It looks like the dust has finally settled and the film is back on track with a new director.
Variety announced that Peter Sollett is officially set to take over the director’s chair. Sollette is known for directing work on the films Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Raising Victor Vargas.
This will be Sollette’s biggest project to date as Minecraft is a global brand worth a considerable amount of capital. Microsoft purchased Minecraft developer, Mojang, for around $2 billion back in 2014, around the same time the movie began development.
The film is being produced by Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg who have both been credited producers on The Lego Movie and the recent IT reboot.
The plot is said to follow, “a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers who, after the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.”
We published an article back in 2014 that stated that the potential for the Minecraft movie would be enormous given that it is based on a property with no set narrative. One reason why so many video game to movie adaptations have disappointed is due to the lack of respect for the source material.
With Minecraft, the source material is the open world itself. So as long as the film is able to capture the look and feel of the blocky overworld, then the director will have creative freedom as far as the narrative is concerned.
There has still yet to be any solid casting information or release window regarding the film. For now, it’s just good news that the film is back on track with its new director.