Tetris to be made into a movie - but nobody understands how that will work
October 1, 2014
Tetris, the addictive puzzle game beloved of millions of Game Boy owners, is to hit the big screen in one of the oddest moves in the history of digital entertainment.
Threshold Entertainment, the company who brought us the live action Mortal Kombat movies, are to transform Tetris, a game solely consisting of geometric shapes, into a full scale motion picture. Somehow.
Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff told the Wall Street Journal the movie will be "imaginative".
"It's a very big, epic sci-fi movie," he said. "This isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes."
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Incredibly, Kasanoff also said he wants to turn Tetris into a full-blown entertainment franchise brand, if the movie's a success.
"We certainly have the canvas for location-based entertainment based on the epicness," he told the paper. Nobody really knows what that means, and he didn't appear to explain it to the Wall Street Journal.
Film adaptations of video games are nothing new. In recent years, Need for Speed, Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Tomb Raider - and of course, Pokemon - have been made into movies, with varying success.
And the lack of fast cars, zombies, monsters and sexy adventurers needn't be a stumbling block. Remember Battleship, the 2012 Liam Neeson film based on the board game?
The inexplicable addition of aliens to that 'unfilmable' formula turned the Hasbro favourite into a blockbuster that raked in $25m in the first weekend.
But this Twitter user may have come up with the forthcoming film's biggest potential problem.