Tetris Movie Will Be 'Very Big, Epic Sci-Fi' With 'Intergalactic Significance'
A film based on hit 80s puzzle video game Tetris is in the works and will be a "big, epic sci-fi movie" according to studio Threshold Entertainment's CEO.
Movies based on popular video games are nothing new. The Resident Evil series has made the most commercially successful transition, and earlier this year Aaron Paul vehicle Need For Speed was a moderate success.
Tetris though? The Russian puzzle game about setting a path for falling blocks and praying for a line to drop? It's an interesting choice of source material to say the least.
According to The Wall Street Journal a deal has been struck between Threshold and the Tetris Company to make a live action film based on the property. Plans remain at the earliest stages however, as there is no cast, script or director in place.
"It's a very big, epic sci-fi movie," Threshold's CEO Larry 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. Brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind Tetris which makes it a much more imaginative thing.
What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."
Treshold have priors with video game movie, in the 90s they made a film based on Mortal Kombat, following that up with a sequel two years later.
Tetris became a worldwide smash-hit in 1989 when Nintendo packaged a version of Alexey Pajitnov's game with the release of its Gameboy handheld gaming device. This year marks the 30th anniversary of its initial release.
The next big video game adaptation is Warcraft, a fantasy epic based on massively multiplayer PC game World of Warcraft which is set for release in 2016. An animation based on Angry Birds is also in the works at Sony Pictures.
By Ben Skipper