Forget the fact that the game has no actual plot and was basically the reason why you get so many Facebook game requests (since every other mindless time-killing games were spawned from it, ahem ‘Candy Crush’), the classic 80s video game ‘Tetris’ is getting a movie. Producer Lawrence Kasanoff is seeking to turn this game about falling bricks into “a very big, epic sci-fi movie.”
Kasanoff has had experience with bringing video games to the big screen having produced both the ‘Mortal Kombat’ movies. Then again, ‘Mortal Kombat’ had… y’know PEOPLE in them. The first ‘Mortal Kombat’ movie was successful, in 1995, grossing $122 million. (It was 1995.) The second was less successful, but even so, to this day we all know what ‘Mortal Kombat’ is.
Kasanoff did clarify:
“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes… Brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing… We certainly have the canvas for location-based entertainment based on the epicness. What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.”
The original game was created by Soviet game designer Alexey Pajitnov. It came to America in 1987 via Nintendo and became a real hit once Nintendo introduced its handheld Gameboy system in the 90s. It soon became the ultimate, addictive time-waster in history. (Well, until we all got smart phones…)
The game was simply the player trying to arrange differently shaped blocks as they fell and to prevent them from filling the screen. I have no idea how this is going to translate into a two hour movie. I can think of… oh EVERY video game ever that makes more sense to turn into a movie. Like, even ‘Plants Vs. Zombies’! Even ‘Angry Birds’! Suddenly that Ouija board movie doesn’t sound so dumb.
It’s really too early to make any real determinations. But still, this sounds like the ultimate stretch. But we’ll see as the project develops. ‘The Lego Movie’ was based on building blocks and was a complete delight, so maybe they can work the same magic on a ‘Tetris’ movie.
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By Jason Motes, ScienceFiction.com