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'Minecraft' Movie Finds Director in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Actor
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney has signed on to make his directorial debut with the big-screen version of Minecraft, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the video game. The game publisher, Mojang, made the announcement Tuesday.
Roy Lee and Jill Messick are producing.
Warner Bros. acquired the film rights to the game in February 2014, and initially had Shawn Levy and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney to develop it, with Levy eyeing it as a directorial project. When Levy left in December, the search for a new director began.
The game centers on players using blocks to create structures and worlds, allowing for many interpretations for a film, thus giving a filmmaker plenty of leeway for stories.
McElhenney directed a trio of episodes of Philadelphia, a show he co-created when he felt opportunities were passing him by. He took a similar tact when he decided to make a push into directing, directing scenes for a test reel for a fantastical family adventure titled Figment. The project was bought by Legendary.
He is repped by WME and 3 Arts.