'Free Fire' and 'High-Rise' Director Builds Sets in 'Minecraft'

How video games played a role in Ben Wheatley's latest action movie

Brie Larson as Justine in 'Free Fire' Credit: hoto by Kerry Brown, courtesy of A24

Last night on Twitter the British director Ben Wheatley – who created the cult horror Kill List and the recent High-Rise adaptation starring Tom Hiddleston – revealed he designed the sets for his latest movie Free Fire in Minecraft

In a follow up reply to a fan he said the game was quicker for him than Google Sketch and revealed he liked the look of Director Mode in Grand Theft Auto V for storyboarding. 

"I built the set in Minecraft in 3D, so as to be able to walk around the space and ensure that everyone was in the right position," he told The Guardian in March. He also explained to i-D how video games inspired the feel of Free Fire too. "I've spent a lot of time in virtual spaces and a lot of time playing first-person games. I have memories now of that, that mingle in my mind with my real memories, as much as film memories. I think that's a shared experience for a lot of people. I want to project that experience back into cinema."

Free Fire is an action movie and will be released in North America next week. It stars Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor and has already received positive reviews.