So the Minecraft movie Warner Bros. has been putting together has a director, and it’s that dude from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Minecraft developer Mojang announced Always Sunny co-creator and co-star Rob McElhenny’s involvement in the project on its website. Previously, the developer was working with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy, but parted ways with him after it vetoed his idea for the film. Apparently, McElhenney’s plans are more in line with what Mojang (and Microsoft, which owns Mojang) wants—although we still have no idea what those plans are.
Minecraft has sold more than 70 million copies across all platforms. And while there’s no real story in the game, people keep finding ways to tell their own stories: there are a bunch of short Minecraft novels, and a different game developer, Telltale Games, is even working on a point-and-click adventure game based on it called Minecraft: Story Mode.
Minecraft is very kid-friendly and Always Sunny is, uh, not, which on the surface makes this a weird combo. But we definitely know McElhenney’s got comedy chops. And easily the best thing about Minecraft is messing with friends, accidentally falling into a pit of lava, and being ripped apart by an explosion. If the movie can capture the ridiculous joy of Minecraft, it’ll do OK.