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The live-action Minecraft movie is happening, but you won't see it until 2019

Warner Bros. and game developer Mojang have finally announced the official release date for the highly anticipated Minecraft film adaptation.

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Minecraft: The Movie, coming soon-ish

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Warners Bros. Pictures acquired the rights to the live-action Minecraft movie from game studio Mojang in February, but we haven't heard any more news about its progress, until today.

The good news is that Mojang COO Vu Bui took to the company's blog to announce the official release date, but you'll have to be patient: The bad news is that it's not coming out until 2019.

The movie will debut in 3D and on Imax screens on May 24, 2019, so there's still plenty of time to speculate about the details. Mojang has already appointed Rob McElhenney, creator and star of the sitcom "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," as director, but we still don't know anything about the plot of the movie or the actors involved.

Released in 2011, Minecraft is now the third-best-selling video game of all time. Microsoft paid $2.5 billion (around £1.9 billion or AU$3.4 billion) to buy the game's developer, Mojang, showing the kind of money the game makes. The blockbuster movie will be the latest spinoff of the globally adored gaming phenomenon, which has spawned books, toys, Lego sets and other merchandise.