“The Gang Takes On A Video Game?”
In an unlikely turn of events, Rob McElhenney, star and co-creator of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is set to direct a Minecraft movie, adapting from the popular Mojang video game.
There has been talk of a Minecraft movie for awhile now, but it seems like an odd choice to have McElhenney, who hasn’t directed anything out of It’s Always Sunny episodes so far, taking over the film. Night at the Museum and Real Steel director Shawn Levy was originally attached to the project for Warner Bros.
McElhenney has been making a slow move to features recently. There was news last year that the actor had sold a pitch to Legendary to write and direct Figment. Allegedly, he showed the producers a four-minute test reel as part of his pitch.
While McElhenney hasn’t showed up in features yet, his co-stars have. Charlie Day has shown up in the Horrible Bosses movies as well as Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Glenn Howerton has appeared on short lists for big movies such as Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy (losing out to Chris Pratt with both) and McElhenney’s wife, Kaitlyn Olsen, has shown up in comedies such as The Heat.
The Minecraft movie doesn’t have a release date yet.