Minecraft has been one of the most popular video games in the world for years, with over 150 million copies sold. It’s been a decade since it debuted, and it still appears on the top 20 sales chart in numerous countries on a regular basis. Naturally, Microsoft would love to capitalize on that success with a major motion picture. They’ve been trying to get the project rolling for years with no success, and it recently hit another major setback.
As we reported last year, the planned release date of May 2019 was axed in August of 2018 when It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney backed out of his writer/director role. At the time it was unclear where the project would go from there, but Microsoft recently shared a major update.
Peter Sollett (best known for directing Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will be taking over as director, and Microsoft has also recruited Warner Bros. as a partner. This latest iteration of the film features “the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers. After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld.”
Microsoft also announced a new release date for the Minecraft movie. It’s now expected to launch on March 4th, 2022. That’s about three years away from the previous release date, but it gives Sollett lots of time to figure out the direction he wants to take it. Hopefully, it’s worth the long, long wait.