Gaming News: Minecraft movie coming, official released date revealed

Gaming News: Minecraft movie coming, official released date revealed

The Minecraft has a movie and Mojang has just announced its release date, which is said to be presented in 3D and on Imax. Mojang has confirmed that the upcoming Minecraft movie will hit the big screens in May of 2019. This could also mean that the movie will go head to head against two big films of 2019: Disney’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” and Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War .”

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Renowned entertainment firm Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights to the video game franchise from Swedish game developer Mojang AB in February of 2014. The Minecraft movie will be directed by the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star and co-creator Rob McElhenney. Warner Bros. set a release date for the video game adaptation on May 25, 2019.

Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment Company will produce the video game adaptation along with Jill Messick.

Director Shawn Levy, and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney were initially attached to the Minecraft project, but the three departed in December of 2014 after their concept didn’t fit the video game developers’ vision.

Minecraft, which debuted in 2009, is a sandbox video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by Mojang. The game allows players to create their own avatars and build an environment using textured cubes in a 3D world as they battle nocturnal monsters.

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The game has sold over 106 million copies worldwide, and with more than 40 million unique Minecraft players each month across all gaming platforms, making it the best-selling PC game of all time and second best-selling video game of all time. Microsoft acquired Mojang along with the Minecraft intellectual property for a whopping $2.5 billion.

According to Engadget, Minecraft continues to be a tour-de-force, with the newly-launched Battle mini game a success and Minecraft Realms, the paid multiplayer server hosting service.

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