Belfast Telegraph

Minecraft movie: creator Markus Persson in talks with Warner Bros

Minecraft, the hugely popular online building-block game, could soon be made into a film.

On Thursday, the game’s creator Markus Persson revealed on Twitter that he is in talks with the US film maker Warner Brothers about the project.

Minecraft was launched in 2009 for PC and is now available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

100million gamers have registered on its official website, making the company $240 million in revenue in 2012.

The game allows users to build with pixelated blocks using a range of materials onto an online landscape.

Persson tweeted to his 1.5 million followers: “Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!”

One of the producers of the recent Lego movie is taking part in the project which will be a “live action” film version of a game, the movie news website Deadline has reported.

Warner has only recently acquired the rights to use Minecraft’s, the website claims.

The games developer owned by Perrson recently stopped a Kickstarter project to raise funds for a Minecraft film.

 Mr Persson told the Guardian: “I can tell you that signing a ’do whatever you want to this IP’ movie rights deal doesn’t seem like something Mojang would do.”

Previous games to do well as movie adaptations include Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, while less successful talks of a movie based on Halo have been under development for nine years.

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