Aquadude Jason Momoa joins the cast of Warner Bros.’ live-action Minecraft movie with Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess set to helm.
With the success of Detective Pikachu, Sonic The Hedgehog, Uncharted, and Free Guy (not actually a game), Hollywood thinks they have finally cracked video game adaptations.
A Minecraft film adaptation has been trying to get off the ground as far back as 2012, but Sweden-based developer Mojang seemed uninterested. That changed in 2014 when Warner Bros. came knocking.
Real Steel director Shawn Levy was initially tapped to helm the project, but dropped out. Typical of Warner Bros. the movie went through multiple directors but they were unable to lock down any big names, putting the movie’s May 2019 release date in limbo. It would then be delayed to March 2022, but the coof made that new date unattainable.
However, with Warner’s film rights to Minecraft expiring in just nine months, and in order to retain those rights, the studio has to be in active production on a Minecraft film by January 2023.
All About The Benjamins
With over 200 million copies sold worldwide, Minecraft quickly became the best-selling video game of all time, and still keeps over 100 million active players, more than a decade after its launch.
It has spawned plenty of merchandise and content, from apparel, toys, books, an interactive TV show, and even its own convention, MineCon. The game is also exceptionally popular on YouTube, as users upload their various mods and gameplay to share with fellow players, generating massive followings and views.
With these kinds of numbers and clearly an avid fanbase, Warner Bros. need all hands on deck to get this into production and cash in.
This would be Jason Momoa’s third voice-acting role, having worked on The Lego Movie 2 and The Simpsons. Obviously we’ve seen him as live-action Aquaman in the standalone film and Justice League so he’s a recognisable face for the youngsters and weird adults who play Minecraft.
It looks like 2023 is going to be a massive year for Momoa with Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom and Fast And Furious 947 also being released.