‘Minecraft’ Lands New Spring 2022 Release Date

Minecraft Screengrab - H 2014
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Minecraft Screengrab - H 2014

The Peter Sollett-directed film was originally scheduled to be released on May 25 of this year.

Minecraft fans are going to have to wait quite a bit longer for the latest film adaptation of the beloved world-building game.

The film has been rescheduled for release on March 4, 2022, from its original release date of May 25 of this year, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. The news follows turnover in the project's cast and crew in the last few years: Warners first picked up the rights to the cult-favorite game in February 2014, and early on Shawn Levy, who was considering the director's seat, and writers Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney were developing the story, before Levy departed the title about a year later.

In January, the studio noted that Peter Sollett (Freeheld) was taking over helming duties from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenney, who boarded in July 2015. Steve Carrell was once attached to the project, but left due to scheduling issues.

The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee, Jon Berg and game developer Mojang are set to produce the film, while Jon Spaihts will executive produce. 

The pixellated, stylistically building blocks-like game allows players to choose either a "survival" or "creative" mode of play. In the "survival" mode, players choose an avatar that they must keep alive by replenishing their food and maintaining their health while seeking to build shelter and avoid nearby threats like zombies and spiders that could deplete their health. In "creative" mode, players can free-build and don't have to maintain the health of their characters.