Minecraft Helped to Guide Shootout Film for free Fire's Set

Minecraft was instrumental in guiding shootout movie Free Fire's location. By Steven McKenzie BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter


28 February 2017


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Film-maker Ben Wheatley has revealed how he made use of the video game Minecraft to help him construct the set for his latest action film Free Fire.

The film, which stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley and Michael Smiley is dominated by an intricate shootout set in an abandoned factory.

In a Q&A on the film in Inverness, Wheatley said he first created the layout of the factory in Minecraft.

This helped to guide physical scale models as well as the final set.

Wheatley, director of High-Rise and Sightseers, was in Inverness on Monday as part of a tour of UK cinemas with his film before it goes out for general release.

The film-maker last visited the Highland city when he was a boy in the 1970s.

Free Fire also stars Armie Hammer while Martin Scorsese, a fan of Wheatley's 2011 movie Kill List, is an executive producer.

During the question and answer session at Eden Court he said he was working on a graphic novelist Frank Miller's Hard Boiled.

Miller's Sin City stories have previously been made into films.

Wheatley stated that the adaptation was in the writing stage and could take up to four years before it is ready to be made into film.

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