The Director Of “The Lego Movie” Is Now Going To Be Making A “Minecraft” Movie

Welp, I know some kids who are going to be extremely happy: Indie game Minecraft is becoming a movie! Woooo! I’ve tried hard not to get too far into Minecraft because it would suck up my life the way that real-life Legos, Playmobil, Lincoln Logs, playing dress-up, and Sim City did when I was a kid and I am way too busy with Zelda right now to add another reason to my life to stare at a screen all day, but it is a damn cool game.

The premise of the game is extremely simple: The player is dropped into a landscape which, horizontally at least, is nearly infinite. In it, you use blocks of various kinds of material in order to build structures and cultivate the landscape. There are animals to hunt by day and enemies to either avoid or kill at night. There are three modes to play: Survival, in which you have to mine and harvest blocks of material in order to build structures and survive, and in which you can take damage from enemies and go hungry; Creative, in which you have unlimited access to the entire material palette (rather than having to mine and harvest materials) in order to create whatever you want without taking damage or experiencing hunger; and Adventure, in which the player accesses maps that have items to obtain in addition to experiencing hunger and taking damage, in the style of a traditional role-playing game.

In both creative and survival mode (but especially creative), players have crafted seriously mind-boggling worlds. Take, for instance, the players who are making scale models of real-world cities; this recreation of Minas Tirith from “Lord of the Rings”; the players who have created the largest and most detailed possible “Imperial City”; and, what’s blowing my mind into tiny little shards, the players who are bent on recreating Westeros from Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. I can’t even, guys. I just cannot. I am at a loss for words. You have to actually understand architecture to accomplish some of this stuff. It is an incredible work of artistry.

OK, maybe I’ll have to download Minecraft after all.

So what’s the movie going to be about? Building stuff? Surviving? Fighting Creepers? No word yet, but it’s going to be directed by Shawn Levy, who directed the “The Lego Movie,” which is a good sign. I cannot wait. If you need a Minecraft cake, I can hook you up.

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