Notch and Mojang shut down big budget Minecraft fan film
Mojang’s massively successful PC and console title, Minecraft, has seen its fair share of fan adaptations, stretching from various in-game mods, Youtube Let’s Plays, fan art and live-action series. However, it looks as though having a large budget isn’t going to cut it with the IP holders, as a recent $600,000 budgeted Kickstarter project was shut down.
Under the impression that “Mojang encouraged the Minecraft community to take a certain creative license with the overall world of Minecraft,” project head Brandon Laatsch – who worked on the hit Video Game High School web series – Kickstarted Minecraft: Birth of Man. The fan film eventually drew the attention of Minecraft creator, Marcus “Notch” Persson, who feels a deal needs to be worked out before a project with the aforementioned expenses commences. Notch tweeted,“[Mojang doesn’t] allow half a million Kickstarters based on our IP without any deals in place."
Aside from possible money generated from advertisements, the now canceled Birth of Man was slated to release in movie format on YouTube for no charge, as the project was geared towards fans. The film would have aimed to hopefully break the history of bad video game to movie adaptions, as Laatsch stated, “we want to approach the world of Minecraft with reverence and respect for fans of the game… We want to see the movie done right… This is a film made for us, the real Minecraft gamers.”
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