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Hit indie game Minecraft to be made into a Hollywood movie

Minecraft could be set to make the transition from game to movie, as Warner Bros has apparently snapped up the movie rights to the hit indie game.

Minecraft, if you’re not familiar with the game, is an open world sandbox affair where players build structures and shape landscapes using blocks. It’s been a major hit across PCs, consoles and mobile devices, with folks building some incredible replicas of, for example, King’s Landing from Games of Thrones.

Another famous block-building game, Lego, has just screened a very successful movie which opened earlier this month. Indeed, given this fact, and the seeming general bankruptcy of original creative ideas in Hollywood these days – with retro-resurrections and licenses aplenty – it isn’t too surprising to think that Minecraft could also make the transition to the silver screen.

And Minecraft already made an episode of South Park, after all.

Deadline got the scoop on the potential Minecraft film, reporting that Warner Bros has picked up the rights from game developer Mojang. It will apparently be a live-action version, and has seen “huge interest” from writers and filmmakers already.

Deadline says that Roy Lee, who produced The Lego Movie, has been signed up to oversee production on the film (along with Jill Messick of Mean Girls fame).

Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, confirmed the movie via a tweet: “Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!”

Of course, all this is still in the early stages, and there’s no guarantee that the film will ever actually get released just yet. Given the box office success of The Lego Movie, though, there seems like a good chance.