Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the popular video game Minecraft, with Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) and Jill Messick (Mean Girls) producing the live-action adaptation. Deadline broke the story, which was confirmed by Minecraft creator Markus Persson on his Twitter page.
Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!— Markus Persson (@notch) February 27, 2014
The game was developed by Swedish indie company Mojang, with a Beta version that was released in 2009 before its initial launch in 2011. Those who bought the Beta game essentially helped test market and develop the property. Minecraft is one of the top "open world" games, where users can build any type of virtual world they want. Here's how the game is described on the official website, which has more than 100 million users.
"Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.
It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It's pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea."
The project doesn't have a writer or director attached at this time. While it isn't known how the property will be developed, it's possible they could conceive of a story line similar to The Lego Movie, where master builders often had to build items they needed to continue their journey, much like Minecraft players have to build their own worlds out of virtual blocks.