Minecraft film to be directed by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney

Co-creator and star of the hit FX show takes a seat in director's chair made of 3D blocks


Following LEGO’s successful foray into film, another block-based franchise will dip its block-shaped toes into Hollywood’s waters, with some help from the creator of a hit comedy television show.

Minecraft, the runaway smash computer game where players build (and destroy) structures and environments using 3D blocks, has been on its way to the big screen for a few years now. Today, Warner Bros. announced It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and co-creator Rob McElhenney (Mac) will direct the film, officially kicking production into gear.

Plot details are scarce, but the open world nature of the game opens the doors for a number of plot possibilities. Few could’ve guessed what the story for The LEGO Movie was going to be, and even fewer could’ve predicted how good it would be. Now, however, we live in a world where LEGOs made for a great movie idea, so the good folks working on Minecraft will undoubtedly figure something out.

McElhenney has directed three episodes of Always Sunny, as well as the pilot for Bill Burr’s upcoming FX show Pariah. He is also developing a family-centric action film called Figment with Legendary Pictures, which he intends to direct as well.

Minecraft will be produced by Warner Bros. and has no set release date. Stay tuned for cast details as they surface.

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