First confirmed in 2014, the film’s development has been held up over the past five years by the departure of multiple directors previously attached to the project.
“It turns out that making a live-action, full-length feature film is really complicated”, Mojang said in a blog post announcing the new release date, alongside the movie’s latest director and storyline details.
The Warner Bros. film is being directed by Peter Sollett, who previously helmed Raising Victor Vargas, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Freeheld.
Mojang said it’ll “tell the story of a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers. After the malevolent Ender Dragon sets out on a path of destruction, they must save their beautiful, blocky Overworld”.
The studio added: “We want to make the movie — just as we make the game — for you. We’re inspired by countless things, but none as much as the incredible stuff our community creates in Minecraft every day.”
In late 2014, Microsoft announced a deal to acquire the Minecraft intellectual property and Mojang for $2.5 billion.