The OFFICIAL MINECRAFT MOVIE is set to start production under direction by Jared Hess and the Warner Bros Pictures company. Because filming is set for New Zealand, it’s possible that the movie will indeed be live action – or at least a merging of reality and animation to keep within the aesthetic of Minecraft. Other movies like Avatar and Transformers sequels were filmed in the wild depths of New Zealand or Peru.
- Filming starts on 7th August 2023 in New Zealand
- The movie is expected to release on 4th April 2023
- Pedro Pascal as Steve
- Jason Momoa as unknown
- Directions/writers/artists/music/production on IMDb
Premise and thoughts
“The malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, prompting a young girl and her group of unlikely adventurers to set out to save the Overworld.”
That’s all we know as of this post’s publishing.
The plot makes perfect sense – coming back to the roots, to the great threat of the Ender Dragon. This was the first boss added to the game in 1.0.0 (The Wither came in 1.4.2, and Warden in 1.19). The group of players coming together on a great adventure to save the world is sure to inspire many players, both in the game and in real life. Of course, like any major movie these days, the premise seems to force a “strong independent female character”. Her group of unlikely adventurers will likely be made up of the rest of the default skins, although we cannot be sure as the only confirmed adventurer in the cast is indeed Steve.
Furthermore, movieweb.com raises an interesting point – a live-action movie for a game of this scale is a massive under-taking with wide-spread consequences. Will it work? Will it be authentic and work alongside the original game, or waste this chance? However, I’d like to refute two points in their article:
- “Minecraft has no storyline” – The ender dragon is a very good (if optional) story-driven quest within the game, making it a good, if not the best, choice for the movie premise.
- The parallel to “Minecraft: Story Mode (2015)” – The game was controversial for sure, but it was Mojang’s first attempt at such an adaptation. The Minecraft: Dungeons (2018) and recent Minecraft: Legends (2023) games saw high success, being set in universes based off Minecraft, just like the movie will be.
It’s also worth considering the movie’s filming location (read the opening paragraph at the top).