Steve Carell is in negotiations about appearing in big screen version of 'Minecraft'.

Steve Carell

Steve Carell

A draft script for the movie, an adaptation of the popular video game, is well underway and Warner Bros. are said to be in discussions with the 'Anchorman' star, 54, about becoming the first big-name star to sign up to the project, according to Variety.

The popular video game was first released in November 2011, but it's not known how that would play out on the motion picture.

Rob McElhenney will direct the movie and he has also written the latest draft script alongside Jason Fuchs.

The game enables players to create their own environments using textured cubes in a 3D world while doing battle with monsters, and it has spawned several spin-off games, including 'Minecraft: Story Mode' and 'Minecraft: Education Edition'.

Several different modes are available to play in the main 'Minecraft' game, such as survival mode, in which gamers have to build a world good enough to keep them alive.

Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the film, which has been scheduled for release on May 25, 2019, in February from Swedish video game developer Mojang AB.

Carell is currently shooting sports comedy-drama movie 'Battle of the Sexes' alongside Emma Stone and Sarah Silverman, and is also set to once again lend his vocal talents to the character Gru in 'Despicable Me 3'.

What's more, he was recently seen in romantic comedy-drama film 'Cafe Society' alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively.