Jason Momoa is said to be in “final talks” to star in Minecraft’s live-action adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct.
The announcement raises hopes for the long-delayed project, which has been swirling with doubts about production hell after It Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenneyAccording to McElhenney, he spent nearly three years developing the film and Warner Bros. committed to a $150 million budget, but when Warner Bros. film director Greg Silverman left the studio in 2016 to pursue something else. project – Minecraft slides into the rear burner, until this report. An earlier version of the film at one point was slated to star Steve Carrell.
The Hollywood Reporter also reported that Mary Parent and Roy Lee of Dune will produce. Jill Messick will receive a production credit after working on developing her film. Executive producers include Jon Berg, Cale Boyter, and Jon Spaihts.
Minecraft soars ahead – although it still doesn’t have a production or release date yet – it’s not a surprise as video game franchises increasingly prove to be box office winners. ever. Street inspiration is the most recent movie reported to come from dj2 Entertainment alone, the production company behind Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog series as well as the upcoming It Takes Two and Disco Elysium projects. Meanwhile, director Chad Stahelski is working on Ghost of Tsushima for Sony, and the recent film brought back writer Takashi Doscher.
Momoa returns as Aquaman in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will launch in March 2023.