A new animated movie based on the popular video game, Minecraft, is in development, with ongoing talks between the movie’s production team and Steve Carell suggesting that the star of The Office may end up playing a large role in the finished film.
Minecraft started life as a small independent game made by a single programmer, Markus “Notch” Persson, before growing into a worldwide phenomenon, and the bestselling video game of all time.
Notch sold the game franchise to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014, and since then, the computing giant has been looking to make good on their investment by using the brand in a variety of new ways, including a full length feature animated film in the style of The Lego Movie.
Carell is a natural choice for a role in a kids comedy – the actor already voices Gru for Universal’s Despicable Me movies, and his fame would likely help encourage parents to take their children to see the Minecraft movie, on the promise that it’ll be an entertaining film for grown ups as well as block-obsessed kids.
If Carell does join the project, he’ll be working with some distinguished filmmakers. The movie will be directed by Rob McElhenney, of It’s Always Sunny in Philedelphia fame, while Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) and Jill Messick (Mean Girls) are producing the film.
Minecraft: The Movie is currently scheduled to release on May 25, 2019.