Jason Momoa Joins Napoleon Dynamite Director’s Minecraft Movie – Report

Jason Momoa is reportedly in “final negotiations” to star in the very much still alive live-action film adaptation of Minecraft, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct.

This announcement renews hope for the long-delayed project, which was swirling in production hell doubts after It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney‘s version unceremoniously fell apart in 2018. According to McElhenney, he devoted nearly three years to developing the film and Warner Bros. committed to a $150 million budget, but when Warner Bros. movie chief Greg Silverman left the studio in 2016 to pursue other projects–Minecraft slid onto the back burner, until this report. A previous version of the film at one point was slated to star Steve Carrell.

The Hollywood Reporter is also indicating that Dune’s Mary Parent and Roy Lee will produce. Jill Messick will receive a posthumous producing credit for her work developing the film. Executive producers include Jon Berg, Cale Boyter, and Jon Spaihts.

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Author: David Wolinsky