Video game movies haven't had the best history, but that hasn't stopped Warner Bros. from pursuing the prospect of a full blown Minecraft movie. While it's not a new idea to adapt an open world video game into a film, it's certainly a project that is a hot prospect, as Minecraft continues to be a popular franchise, with the game proper, its spin-offs, and other media keeping the name in the news. But, ultimately, the longer the project waits, the smaller its chances of success will be.
Which is why it's a good time to look over just where the Minecraft movie sits in terms of its production, as well as who's involved. While the project is in the somewhat early phases of existence, there's still a good amount of information that shows where the Minecraft movie has been, and where it intends to go. So, keep in mind as you read this guide that the information inside is subject to change. That having been said, it's time to see what we know, so far, about the Minecraft movie.
When Will The Minecraft Movie Be Released?
After a couple of years of development and setbacks, the Minecraft movie received the release date of May 24, 2019. Should the movie keep this release date, it is the pinnacle of the summer movie season season for that year. However, it's because of that fact that we think this date will likely change, as the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War is set to open that day as well. While it's possible that the last scheduled Avengers movie might shift its release date as well, it feels like the Minecraft movie would be the first one to blink, as it'll need a huge advantage against such a titan. If Warner Bros. could shift the film's release to an August slot that same year, it would lessen the competition, as the studio not only has an "event picture" slot penciled in for that month, but the only clearly defined competition is The Spongebob Movie.
What Will Minecraft Be Rated?
Minecraft the game is rated Everyone 10+ (E10+), which is basically the Entertainment Software Ratings Board's equivalent of a PG rating. While the online interactions and user made boards are not rated by such standards, the base game is parked at that rating. On this basis alone, it's a good assumption that the Minecraft movie will be rated PG, with exciting adventure and peril present, but no realistic stakes or blood of any kind spilled. While it's way too early to say this with absolute certainty, a G or a PG would be the only real ratings for a Minecraft film, and the PG is the more likely candidate.
Will The Minecraft Movie Be Live Action Or Animated?
Current reporting seems to be assuming that the Minecraft movie is going to be a live action project, with an eye towards a 3D / IMAX theatrical release. Should this continue to be the truth, this would make it particularly interesting to see how the project would handle the unique visual style that the video game possesses. It could be done though, as CGI technology could be used to turn the cast of Minecraft into pixelated forms of their normal appearances. However, should the project be confirmed as a CGI Animated project in the first place, it would be uber-easy for Minecraft to become the visual spectacle it was born to be. Both opportunities seem cool, but we're kind of hoping live-action wins out, as it'd add an extra dimension of weird to the Minecraft film adaptation.