Shawn Levy, director of Night at the Museum, Date Night and Real Steel, is in talks to director Warner Bros’ adaptation of the mammoth video game that is Minecraft, according to Deadline.
Roy Lee is producing the Minecraft film under his Vertigo banner.
Warner Bros. is keen to replicate the success of The Lego Movie, which has sequels and spinoffs on the horizon. Minecraft doesn’t immediately come to mind as a video game that would make for a great film, but The Lego Movie proved that a broad concept could allow for creative genius to sprout.
Minecraft, created by Swedish programmer Markus Persson and developed and published by Mojang, was first released for the PC in 2009 as an alpha version. The full version was released on PC in 2011, followed by Xbox 360 in 2012 and Playstation 3.
Minecraft is said to have sold over 54 million copies in stats released in June this year.
Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits U.S. cinemas 19 December.