Believe it or not, Minecraft is really successful. Not only did it make Markus “Notch” Persson, the game’s creator, rich beyond imagination, it’s also a global phenomena. We like it a little bit, too. As such, Seven Stories Press will be publishing a book later this year that details the game’s creation and Notch’s upbringing called Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything. Oh, and they’ve already sold the film rights. That’s cool.
Now, as many of you guys know, I wasn’t a fan of 2 Player Productions’ slothenly-paced and uneven documentary Minecraft: Story of Mojang. Unfortunately, the issues I had with that film aren’t likely to be resolved with a new biopic. With all due respect to Notch, the parts of the story I care about – namely, the actual creation of the game – aren’t being told because it’s unfilmable. The other parts I either already know or don’t care about. I played with LEGOs growing up too, I don’t need to see that. There’s also the issue that such prestige is still largely unearned, given the amount of time since the game exploded in popularity. Yeah, I had a hard time biting down on The Social Network, but that earned its wings on the fact that Facebook had half a billion users upon the film’s release and it was an excellent film. This doesn’t appear to satisfy any of those credentials.
I’m open to a surprise, but unless they do something crazy fantastic in the execution, the lore alone isn’t worth a sale.