When I was at college, I remember my friends getting really into this game called Minecraft. It was an alpha build but was already proving immensely popular. I had less than zero interest in the game. It wasn’t for me. Flash forward to a few years later and I feel immensely confused by the cultural juggernaut that Minecraft became. I get the appeal of it for certain types of people, but it’s nowhere near the kind of experience I want out of a video game. But that’s probably one of the reasons why I’m poor and living off of hot dogs every night. I have no idea what people want these days.
Well, bolstered by the success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros has been dying to get Minecraft to the big screen for a while, and it looks like they’re one step closer. Deadline reports that Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been tapped to direct the eventual adaptation. This sounds like a very calculated response to The Lego Movie hiring off-the-wall thinkers Chris Miller and Phil Lord, and I’m all for it. I feel nothing but confusion and disinterest towards Minecraft, but having Mac in the director’s chair has me immensely interested in what he’ll bring to the table.
Someone please explain to me why Minecraft is so beloved? Am I just an old man who prefers playing Mega Man to whatever the hell it is you do in Minecraft? On the plus side, does this mean we could one day get a Shovel Knight animated movie? I’m down with that!
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