The ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Dune’ star is in talks to join an action film based on the wildly popular video game Minecraft, which is the best-selling game of all time with over 238 million copies sold sold since its release in 2011. .
Jared Hess, known for directing “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Nacho Libre” and more, will direct the film. Mary Parent and Roy Lee will produce, and Jill Messick will receive posthumous credit for working on the film before her death in 2018. Jon Berg, Cale Boyter and Jon Spaihts will serve as executive producers. Mojang Studios, the Swedish video game developer behind Minecraft, will produce through Lydia Winters and Vu Bui.
Minecraft was launched in 2011 and instantly became a global hit. Players can create their own 3D worlds using colored blocks by mining materials and crafting items. As of 2021, there were nearly 140 million monthly users, and the game has been introduced on multiple video game systems, given spinoffs, and won numerous awards over the years. Microsoft acquired Mojang Studios for $2.5 billion in 2014, which was one of the first major acquisitions for video game developers.
A Minecraft movie has been in the works for years, with Shawn Levy, Rob McElhenney and Peter Sollett in talks to direct. At one point, Steve Carell was lined up to star in a film adaptation.
Next up for Momoa is “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” which is slated for March 17, 2023, and he’s revving up his engine for “Fast and Furious 10.”
News of the film was first reported by the Peg.
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