If you've been wondering who would take on the challenge of translating the beloved building game Minecraft into a full-fledged feature film, the wait is finally over. The Minecraft movie finally has its director.
Rob McElhenney, who is best known for starring as Mac on the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will be at the helm of this forthcoming film adaptation. The news was announced by Vu Bui, the COO of Minecraft developer Mojang, in a short blog post on the company's website Tuesday.
"Some of you may have seen this guy hanging around MINECON in London a couple weeks ago. He's Rob McElhenney, and he's going to be directing the upcoming Minecraft movie," Bui wrote in the blog post.
McElhenney promptly confirmed the announcement on Twitter.
Hey @Mojang let's do something strange and wonderful.
— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) July 21, 2015
McElhenney has relatively few directing credits to his name, having really only directed a few episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the FX comedy pilot Pariah previously, so he's definitely an interesting choice to lead such a high-profile and likely blockbuster film. Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy was originally rumored to be signing on to lead the project, but he and writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney left after their vision for the project didn't match that of the game's developers, Variety reported in December.
Last October, McElhenney closed a deal with Legendary Pictures to make his feature directing and screenwriting debut with the family action film Figment.
Via The Verge