Steve Carell, one of Americas most loved and most versatile comedians, seems likely to be adding the Minecraft Movie to his already long list of films. Steve Carell is rumoured to be playing none other than his namesake, Steve, in the Warner Bros production set to be released in May 2019. Carell isn't the first major name to be linked with the movie however. Rob McElhenney, who played Mac in the popular sitcom It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia, will be directing the video game adaption alongside Jason Fuschs.

Minecraft's success

Minecraft is a video game which was released in 2009 and has since sold over 106 million copies on 14 different platforms ranging from Windows to IOS to Xbox One, and in 2016 the sandbox game sold over 53,000 copies every day.

The game allows players to create a virtual avatar and then build structures in a world made from pixilated cubes, where they try to survive against hordes of undead monsters and other terrible creatures. The Minecraft Movie will not be the first spin-off for this franchise though, as countless books, toys, and other merchandise is already being sold around the world.

Video game movies

Warner Bros acquired Film rights to the game back in February, but it's not the first video game movie adaption. One of the earliest video game movie adaptions was Super Mario Bros back in 1993, and since then there have been many movies based on video games. However, in recent years video game adaptions have taken the film industry by storm. Since 2014 there have been many movies based on video games, including Hitman: Agent 47, Ratchet and Clank, Warcraft, and The Angry Birds Movie.

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This craze doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon either, with over half a dozen video game adaptions currently announced and dozens more in the works. Games ranging from the popular puzzle platformer Portal, to the thirty-year-old arcade game Asteroids are all getting movies. Some other popular upcoming video game adaptions include a Pokemon Movie, Assasins Creed, Tomb Raider, and Five Nights at Freddy's: The Movie.