The planned big screen take on videogame phenomenon Minecraft is still edging forward, with the idea being to get the film released in 2019. Warner Bros is backing the movie, and Rob Elhenney – the creator of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – is directing it.
Jason Fuchs, who penned Pan for the studio (as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman), is currently taking another pass at the script that was originally written by Jon Spaihts.
And now, we’ve heard the first piece of casting news: Deadline reports that Steve Carell is circling the movie, although the name and nature of his potential character are yet to be revealed. Perhaps he’ll portray one of the main players, either Steve or Alex.
A star of Carell’s caliber would certainly help the film, bringing some big name bankability to the movie as Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks did for The LEGO Movie.
Mr Carell, of course, in no stranger to kids’ films: his performance as Gru in the Despicable Me movies is much loved. The makers of Minecraft will be hoping he can bring something just as memorable to this project.
Minecraft has a release date of May 25th 2019. It will apparently blend live action and animation. It’ll be available in 3D and IMAX.