Minecraft movie now building toward 2022 release, lays down new plot
Remember when the Minecraft movie was supposed to come out in May 2019? Crazy. But while things have seemed dormant on that front, Warner Bros. and game developer Mojang have been quietly laying groundwork for what has now been scheduled for 2022.
Mojang announced Tuesday that the Minecraft film adaptation, based on the popular video game, has been set to hit theaters March 4, 2022. Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) now serves as director, having replaced It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney. (Not gonna lie, a Minecraft movie from McElhenney sounds wild.) Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy was also previously attached to the project but has since departed.
Minecraft will bring to life “the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers,” per Mojang. “After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.”
Steve Carell was once in talks to star in Minecraft, though it’s unclear if he’s still attached. Reps for the actor and Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.