Tetris is getting a movie. Which just goes to show you that any IP that’s popular enough can get a movie!
A live-action sci-fi movie based on the block-stacking puzzle game will be co-produced by Threshold Entertainment Group and China’s Seven Star Works. The project was announced back in 2014. It’s carrying a budget of 80 million dollars and starts shooting in China in 2017.
The Tetris film is the first movie in a joint venture between the two companies. Threshold Entertainment Group is run by veteran film producer Larry Kasanoff, who has worked on the movie adaptations of Mortal Kombat.
Kasanoff has said:
“Tetris, one of the most recognized video game franchises of all time, is a perfect first project for this strategy.”
Video games are a hot property of late in Hollywood. Several films are already launching this year, based on franchises including Angry Birds, World of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed. Tetris presents a unique challenge, being a puzzle game where players just rotate blocks to fit them in clean lines and clear them from a level.
“One of the reasons Tetris is so successful is because it fulfills an innate desire we all have to create order out of chaos in the world around us. That theme, applied with some imagination globally and possibly universally, is a great one for a series of sci-fi movies. I promise you this movie is not what you think, but once you see it, you will understand why Tetris.”
The team has worked with The Tetris Company for more than a year on this movie project. Although details of the plot have yet to be revealed, the “epic sci-fi thriller” has a story already in place and is set to film with an all Chinese cast in an ensemble picture.
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