Aquaman and Dunes actor Jason Momoa would star in Warner Bros. coming Minecraft film, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Monday. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) signed on as the new manager.
A Minecraft the film has been in the works since 2014; a version of the film was originally slated for release this year. It’s a project that has changed hands several times: Hess is at least the fourth director attached to the film. Pierre Sollet (The path), Rob McElhenney (Philadelphia is always sunny), and Shawn Levy (free guy) were previously named in this role.
The Hollywood Reporter said Mary Parent (Dunes) and Roy Lee (Death threat) will produce, “Jill Messick receiving a posthumous production credit for developing the film before her death in 2018.”
In 2019, Minecraft Developer Mojang said the film would center on a teenage girl “and her unlikely band of adventurers.” After the evil Ender Dragon sets out on a path to destruction, they must save their beautiful blocky Overworld.
Steve Carell would also have been chosen to play in 2016. Otherwise, the Minecraft the film remains a mystery. The popular block-based sandbox game was released in 2011 and was hugely popular: in October, the game reportedly had more than 141 million monthly active players. Minecraft itself is simple and lets players create their own stories, games, and worlds while battling enemies that only come out at night. Polygon named it one of the most influential games of the decade.