The Minecraft movie still exists, and stars... Jason Momoa?

A handful of Minecraft characters walking in a forest
(Image credit: Microsoft)

Yes, there's still supposed to be a Minecraft movie, and as difficult as it is to imagine a voxel Jason Momoa, we may be seeing him as Steve.

It feels like a Mad Libs that came off the shelf already scribbled in, but the well goes deeper. Warner Bros is behind the film, and they've got the director of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess, helming the movie, just in case you wondered what the style might be like. 

The questions are already overflowing: will the movie go for a realistic look, or stick to Minecraft's cubic roots? Will it take itself seriously like World of Warcraft did, or will we be seeing a Minecraft-themed take on Nacho Libre humor?

Minecraft - Steve contemplates existence from atop a mountain at sunset

(Image credit: Microsoft/Mojang)

The opportunities for absolute disaster seem to outweigh the ones for a surprisingly deep and meaningful movie. Possibly even on par with other legendary video game movies.

The best outcome is likely something akin to the original Lego Movie, which combined reverence for (plastic) blocks with visual flair and a competently told story about creativity and sharing. This sort of approach might be the most logical, as well, since Momoa has already done some acting, both in-person and voice-only, as Aquaman, while Hess has been attached to a couple of animated projects recently.

It's also entirely possible that a Free Guy-styled live-action movie comes out of it. If we all get to see Jason Momoa beating up blocks with a pixel pickaxe, it will be worth the price of admission, even with the second and third mortgages for popcorn and milk duds.

Philip Palmer
Senior Writer

Phil is a Senior Writer of TechRadar Gaming (TRG). With three previous years of experience writing freelance for PC Gamer, he's covered every genre imaginable. For 15 years he's done technical writing and IT documentation, and more recently traditional gaming content. He has a passion for the appeal of diversity, and the way different genres can be sandboxes for creativity and emergent storytelling. With thousands of hours in League of Legends, Overwatch, Minecraft, and countless survival, strategy, and RPG entries, he still finds time for offline hobbies in tabletop RPGs, wargaming, miniatures painting, and hockey.