Those eagerly awaiting a release of the official Minecraft movie before 2016 will have to curb their enthusiasm, with Mojang chief operating office Vui Bui revealing it hasn't progressed very far.
Announced back in February, Bui revealed to The Guardian that he has "no idea" when it may come out, but he did offer a few hazarded guesses.
“A long time. I’m going to guess three years, but it could be four, probably not two. Three to four years seems to be a reasonable bet,” he said.
Little about the project is known, and Bui was somewhat timid in revealing further details. What he did reveal was that Mojang had been approached by "so many studios" eager to get their hands on the sandbox license for the silver screen, but in the end they chose Warner Bros. because it respects the IP. The right partner was an extremely important process according to Bui, with Mojan not wanting the movie to become "canon" in how you approach the game.
“We don’t want any story that we make, whether it’s a movie or a book, to create some sort of ‘this is the official Minecraft, this is how you play the game’ thing,” Bui said. “That would discourage all the players who don’t play in that way."
“When coming up with a story, we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft.”
Bui wouldn't offer any details as to how exactly the movie will be presented, either live action or animated, nor would he mention whether any talent had been attached yet. “There really isn’t a clear picture yet of what this is going to be. Once there is, I’m sure we’ll share more,” he said.