Mojang’s sandbox indie game “Minecraft" is set to be acquired by Microsoft in a $2.5 billion deal. It may also soon be turned into a full-length film with “Night at the Museum” film director and producer Shawn Levy leading the project for Burbank, California-based entertainment company Warner Bros. Inc.
Levy is also known for films such as “Real Steel” and “Date Night.”
Warner Bros. picked up the rights to “Minecraft” in February this year, and Roy Lee, producer of hugely popular “The LEGO Movie,” is overseeing the project through his company, Vertigo Entertainment. The studio hopes to transform the Swedish game into a popular movie franchise.
Warner Bros. clearly hopes to tap into the massive success of the 2009 building game, which was developed by Markus “Notch” Persson and is expected to become part of Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft when the deal closes in December. “Minecraft” has sold nearly 54 million copies across a number of platforms as of June.
“Minecraft: Pocket Edition” is also coming to Windows phones sometime in the future, but no release date has been confirmed.