"Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie," said Persson. "I wanted to be the leak!"
Shortly afterward, Persson confirmed the announcement in an email to Polygon.
"It's for real. I think every part of that tweet was real, including me wanting to be the one to spill the news about a potential movie," said Persson.
He added, parenthetically, "Also, I [am] very well aware that this might be Minecraft jumping the shark, but how often do you get to be part of making a movie?" Earlier this month, Mojang shut down the Kickstarter for a Minecraft fan film.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. acquired the rights from Mojang, and that the studio is working on a live-action film with Roy Lee and Jill Messick as producers. Lee is well-acquainted with licensed films about block-based properties, having most recently produced The Lego Movie. Persson told Polygon that he did not want to comment on the contract for the Minecraft film rights or on personnel that Warner Bros. may be hiring.
Earlier this week, Persson announced on Twitter that the original Minecraft had reached 100 million registered users. Mojang has sold more than 14 million copies of Minecraft on computers, more than 10 million on Xbox 360, more than 1 million on PlayStation 3 and more than 10 million on mobile devices.