Earlier this month the creators of runaway video game hit Minecraft revealed just how many copies of the game had been sold since its release in 2009. Mojang put together a neat infographic that shows the game has practically taken over the world, with 100 million copies sold worldwide and 53,000 copies sold every day. Think about that for a moment. There could be a nation of Minecraft owners.
The building block behemoth has become so popular that it is even getting a movie, with its silver screen debut now having got an official release date of 24 May 2019. There has been talk for quite some time that Minecraft would be getting a movie adaptation, with Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney attached as director. Now however Mojang has made its existence all the more real by announcing a release date in a statement on their website. It reads:
“Yes, that might seem like a long time away, but it just so happens to be the right amount of time to make it completely awesome. And we all want an awesome Minecraft movie, right? That’s it for now, but as time goes on we’ll share loads more. Loads!”
Not much else in known about the project beyond Mojang of course having a vital role in the film’s production and direction, with plans no doubt to bring the content of the movie into future updates of the game. Producer Roy Lee said in an interview with Collider that:
“Minecraft would be part of a multiverse that humans can enter, that has the feel of a live-action version of a Minecraft experience; we’re going for the same target audience as Jurassic World.”
The Minecraft movie is pencilled in to release on 24 May 2019, with standard showings, 3D, and IMAX also planned.