The Minecraft movie has a release date

Prior to today's announcement of the Minecraft movie release date, I'd completely forgotten that a Minecraft movie is being made. And I can assure you with full confidence that I will forget about it again, because that release date is May 24 of the year 2019. 

“Yes, that might seem like a long time away, but it just so happens to be the right amount of time to make it completely awesome,” Mojang COO Vu Bui wrote. “And we all want an awesome Minecraft movie, right?” 

I'd say it's “yes” on both counts: An awesome Minecraft movie would be nice (if only to demonstrate that not all game-based movies are destined to be crap), and three years does seem like a very long time away, especially since this flick was announced in early 2014.   

The Minecraft film will be released in 3D and Imax, and is being directed by Rob McElhenney, also known as Mac on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I don't imagine there's a connection between that series and the movie, but it'd be pretty great if there was.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.