Does the world need a Tetris movie?
Posted May 19, 2016
HOLLYWOOD — Someone’s making a Tetris movie.
You read that correctly — Tetris. No one is making an Asteroids, Spy Hunter or Monkey Island movie. There’s no news today about a Zelda, Castlevania or Metroid adapted film. As it turns out, what investors believe audiences are dying to see is a big screen representation of oddly shaped blocks falling from the sky and landing in neatly organized structures.
According to Deadline, producer Larry Kasanoff and Threshold Global Studios have secured $80 million to make this dream a reality.
From Nancy Tartagllone at Deadline:
“The plan is to film in China and other locations in 2017 with Chinese cast featured in the ensemble pic that’s billed as a sci-fi thriller. Kasanoff tells me it’s ‘not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise.’ The film is seen as the first part of a trilogy.”
While we’re waiting for more details on “Tetris: the Movie” (not the official title), Kasanoff did tell us back in 2014 what it will not be. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kasanoff said, “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”
Being the target audience for surprising sci-fi thriller trilogies, I’m definitely willing to give this project the benefit of the doubt. I mean, I’m wildly skeptical of course, and slightly annoyed that a bunch of blocks got a cinematic green light before Guybrush Threepwood. But who knows? Maybe the finished product will end up as some perfect hybrid of Voltron and Jenga, which could be cool.
Tetris the game was released during the summer of 1984 — the summer of “Ghostbusters,” “Gremlins,” “The Karate Kid” and “The Terminator.” The game had sold more than 125 million copies by 2009 and reached 100 million paid downloads by 2010. Today, Tetris has been dowloaded over 500 million times and is considered the best-selling mobile game of all time.
Travis has been covering movie news, film reviews and live events for Deseret News and KSL.com since 2010 and currently keeps movie fans up to date with news and local events at www.Utah.film. Follow Travis on Twitter @tspoppleton.