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The Minecraft movie finds its director

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The big screen adaptation of Mojang's Minecraft has found its director: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and star Rob McElhenney.

Mojang announced the decision to hire McElhenney today on its blog, but didn't have much in the way of new details on the film. Warner Bros. is producing the movie adaptation of Minecraft, which has sold more than 70 million copies across a wide variety of platforms.

McElhenney is taking over Minecraft directing duties from Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel), who reportedly left the project last year after his approach to adapting the game was shot down.

On Twitter, McElhenney said he wants to "do something strange and wonderful" with Minecraft.

Minecraft Movie News: the wonderful Rob McElhenney will be our director! Who's excited?!? *happy dance*

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