With over 100 million users, Mineraft is one of the biggest video game franchises currently on the market, so it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that it is now being brought to the big screen. Warner Bros. have acquired the rights to the popular game from Swedish developer Mojang AB, and a live-action version is now in the works. 

Of course, following the huge success of The LEGO Movie (which has so far earned over $280 million worldwide), it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the studio would now set their sights on an equally marketable new franchise.

Video game movies have never been particularly good, but that seems to be changing thanks to the upcoming Need for Speed and Ubisoft’s star-studded adaptations of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. The developers of games like these now seem to realise that it’s sensible for them to take a larger role in the development of their properties, ensuring they’re handled properly.

In Minecraft, players can create any environment they can dream up with virtual blocks, building a world of their own entirely from imagination. The possibilities for a movie are obviously endless as a result, and it’s easy to imagine this being another huge animated hit for Warner Bros.

According to Deadline, the property is already receiving a huge amount of interesting from writers and directors and Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) is going to produce Minecraft via his Vertigo Entertainment production company along with Jill Messick (Mean Girls and Mean Moms) who will also produce.

Are you looking forward to seeing Minecraft on the big screen?