Peter Sollett has been announced as the new writer-director of the upcoming Minecraft film.
A film based on the video game Minecraft has been in development at Warner Bros. for years, with the studio approaching a number of talented creators about the film, all of whom backed out of the project. Both Shawn Levy and Rob McElhenney were once attached to direct, while Steve Carrell was rumored to provide voice work for the film. Now, it seems that the studio has found someone to resuscitate the film.
Variety reports that Sollett has been tapped to both write and direct the Minecraft movie. This will be the largest film ever attempted by the writer/director, whose previous films were considerably smaller in scale (such as the romantic teen comedy Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and the LGBTQ drama Freeheld.)
The previously released synopsis for Minecraft centers around a teenage girl teaming up with a quirky group of adventurers as they try to stop the villainous Elder Dragon from destroying Overworld. It is unknown if that plot will change during production, though. There are currently no actors attached to the film, and there's no updated release date.