The Minecraft movie in development has found its director. It is none other than It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator and star, Rob McElhenney. The news was announced on mojang.com with a simple post and picture annoucing his hiring. Minecraft will be produced by The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee who helped bring the iconic toy series to the big screen.
Since its release Minecraft has gone on a be a tremendous gaming success selling over 70 million copies over a variety of platforms.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of my favorite television comedies of all time. Rob McElhenney is hilarious on the show as Mac and while I expect the tone of the Minecraft film will be much less adult than the show, I’m sure it will be funny. The LEGO Movie is a good template as to how you can craft a movie that works for both kids and adults. The fact that a producer on that film is involved is a good sign. As a gamer who hasn’t gotten wrapped up in the Minecraft craze, the hiring of Rob McElhenney actually makes me more interested in the movie.
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