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article imageMinecraft to become a movie

By Tim Sandle     Mar 1, 2014 in Entertainment
The popular block-building game Minecraft could soon be turned into a movie. The game has sold over 14 million copies on PC and over 35 million copies across all platforms.
A synthesis of computer games and movies was announced this week by Minecraft creator Markus Persson, who revealed this week via Twitter that the game's maker was talking to Warner Brothers about a movie project. Persson tweeted: "Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!"
Persson made the announcement earlier than he wanted to because of various rumors that were circulating, the BBC notes, including on that movie news site Deadline reported the one of the producers of the recent Lego Movie is handling the project.
Minecraft was launched in 2009 for PC and is now available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Some 100million gamers have registered on its official website, making the company $240 million in revenue in 2012. According to The Independent, the game allows users to build with pixelated blocks using a range of materials onto an online landscape.
The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting, and combat. Gameplay in its commercial release has two principal modes: survival, which requires players to acquire resources and maintain their health and hunger; and creative, where players have an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no health or hunger.
The movie is expected to be live action, rather than animated.
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