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Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney explains why his Minecraft movie deal fell apart

We blame creepers

At one point, Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney was set to direct a Minecraft movie. This would be in partnership with Warner Bros., who was ready to cough up $150 million for the budget. The project was in the works for roughly 2.5 years, and Steve Carrell was attached to star. Then everything just fell apart, and the movie is no more.

McElhenney has finally opened up a bit about his vision for the film, as well as why it was cancelled. He shared some thoughts during the HappySadConfused podcast, where we find out that Warner Bros. chief film output Greg Silverman was replaced by Toby Emmerich. When Emmerich came in, it appears the movie was squashed, and that was that. Sadly, it seems that McElhenney had a great vision for the project, which won't see the light of day.

"I thought one of the greatest assets to Minecraft was they didn't have a fixed narrative. It was an open world experience. All you were essentially give was the building blocks to do whatever you want. I thought, what an amazing tool, much like Legos except now you're talking about infinite possibilities because it's digital, to give to kids--and not just kids, but any person who feels powerless. Kids mostly feel powerless; all day long they're being told what to do, how to dress, do your homework, go to bed."

I felt like that could extend to other people. I think everybody feels marginalized to an extent. Your boss is telling you what to do all day long, or your spouse is. You just feel like you don't have this sense of agency over your own life. The game gave you that, and I thought that's a really profound experience."

Minecraft: Wii U Edition almost had a Yoshi horse skin

Giddy up

The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack DLC for Minecraft: Wii U Edition had some great content, but there were some items that didn't make the final cut. For example, that amazing/horrifying Yoshi horse skin that you see above. It's easy to understand why they didn't include it, but that just makes me wish they did even more!

Ask Mojang #1: Vegan Ham & Megatron

Got a question for the team?

Why shouldn’t you dig straight down? How many developers does it take to change a lightbulb, and what in blazes is a Sega Megatron? No question is too small for our team to answer in the new series Ask Mojang! Want to submit your own questions? Get on Twitter and tweet us to your heart’s content, using #askmojang.

Mojang, the team behind Minecraft, has started a new series on YouTube where they answer fan questions. You can check out the first installment above, but make sure to click over to Twitter and ask the team a question of your own. It might be answered in the next video!

Minecraft hits 176 million units sold worldwide

Oof!

Microsoft has announced that Minecraft has now moved 176 million units across all versions worldwide. There's no doubt the Wii U, 3DS, and Switch versions have done their fair share of contributing to that total, and we're sure many more Switch owners will be checking the game out. The 176 million figure is impressive in and of itself, but even moreso when you realize that just 7 months ago, the game had sold 156 million!

Minecon Live 2019 announced for Sept. 28th, 2019

Celebrating 10 years of Minecraft!

Mark your calendars for the most blocktastic livestream of the year! MINECON is back, packed with all the latest Minecraft news, and with an all-new name! Save the date for MINECON Live: September 28th, 2019.

Filmed live and beamed across the world via the internet! It will be around 90 minutes long, packed with juicy Minecraft news, content creators, and will include pre and post show bits, as well as on-demand community panels.

Minecraft: Woodsword Chronicles: 'Into the Game' and 'Night of the Bats' books available

Adventures in Minecraft

Tired of just playing Minecraft? Would you rather read about adventures in the Minecraft world? Look no further than the Minecraft: Woodsword Chronicles series! Two books in this lineup have just released, entitled 'Into the Game' and 'Night of the Bats.'

If you'd like to learn more about each book, Minecraft's official website has an interview with Nick Eliopulas, the writer behind the series. Check out the interview here.

The Minecraft movie set for March 4th, 2022 release

That's quite a ways off

The Minecraft movie is something that has been in the works for a long time now. Unfortunately, fans looking forward to the movie will have to keep waiting. The official Minecraft website has confirmed a release date of March 4th, 2022, which isn't exactly just a few days away. Check out the full announcement on the movie below.

Normally, when we’re talking about blockbusters on Minecraft.net, we’re being clever (or so we like to think!) about pickaxes. Sometimes about shovels.

Well, it looks like we may have to come up with new and funnier, punnier puns (as if that’s even possible) for future pickaxe-related musings. Why? The one above will be taken. Because today, we’re beyond excited to reveal the premiere date for the upcoming Minecraft movie!

That date is March 4, 2022. Does it sound distant? We beg to differ! It’s only 1053 days. Or about 34 months, or 150 weeks, or a million and a half minutes. Not that we’re counting, of course. Besides, it turns out that making a live-action, full-length feature film is really complicated!

So, what do you have to look forward to, roughly 25,000 hours from now? Well, as you devour your movie snack of choice (we like a suspicious stew with a side of square watermelon), we’ll tell you the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers. After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld. Sounds ambitious! Luckily, the very talented director Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will be making sure everyone stands in the right place and delivers award-worthy performances. No pressure! Also, we’re partnered with Warner Bros, a company that’s been around the block. So to speak. What we’re trying to say is, this movie is in very capable hands!

Since we’re a game developer first, making a movie will be new and very exciting. And while the movie has to be different from the game (otherwise, you’d be in for an infinite movie in very low resolution) one thing will definitely be the same. We want to make the movie — just as we make the game — for you. We’re inspired by countless things, but none as much as the incredible stuff our community creates in Minecraft every day. So keep it coming!

In summary: the movie has a date. It has a director. It has an official storyline, and we’re NOT AT ALL COUNTING THE DAYS TO THIS MONUMENTAL EVENT. 1053, 1052, 1051...

Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Patch 43 now available

Not much of an update

Minecraft on Switch got a massive update today, bringing all sorts of new content and features, as well as a ton of bug fixes and tweaks. Turns out the Wii U version of Minecraft got an update today as well! Wondering what the update does? Here's the patch notes, in full.

- Updated Splash Text

Minecraft executive producer talks about building a relationship to bring Minecraft to Wii U, and the success the game has found on Switch

There was a time when many believed Minecraft would never appear on Nintendo platforms. Thankfully that ended up not being the case, and Minecraft has found success on numerous Nintendo platforms. In an interview with Famitsu, Minecraft executive producer Roger Carpenter talked about working with Nintendo to bring the game to Wii U, which paved the wave for future collaborations.

Since the release of the Wii U version in 2016, we’ve been building up a more amicable relationship with Nintendo. With the move to the Bedrock Edition in June – more so than before – we’ve realized cross-platform play, and that seems to have appealed to a lot more users.

As for Minecraft being a hit on the Switch… This might seem obvious, but the hardware’s design and the game’s playstyle were a perfect match for each other! You can play while lying down in your bedroom or living room, or even when you actually go and meet up with friends. About a half a year ago you’d see children in restaurants around the UK playing Minecraft on their tablets – now they’re playing on their Nintendo Switches! So, it seems that Minecraft isn’t just popular in Japan, but the UK too. Cross-platform play was what realized that boost in popularity; we figured, “if we’re going to have cross-platform play, it should be on the Switch, too.”

Mojang shares a look back at Minecraft in 2018

Mojang is ending 2018 by taking a look at everything that happened in the world of Minecraft for the last 12 months. Check out a portion of the post below.

As someone who spent the last 364 days eating pies, napping and occasionally writing a sentence or two for this website boy do I need a holiday! But first, how about we take a quick look back at 2018 in Minecraft?

It was easily one of our busiest years yet. We made a splash this summer when we released The Update Aquatic on Bedrock, Java, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U and Xbox 360. You helped us help the oceans! Then you helped us help WWF!

We teamed up with Cartoon Network on an Adventure Time Minecraft episode (such a wonderful eleven minutes of animation that it’s now scientifically the best reason to own a pair of human eyes). Cross-play came to Nintendo Switch. And we even found some time to talk to some dolphins.

Full post here

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