There are a lot of video game adaptations in the works, but it’s fair to say that probably none of us expected Tetris to ever get the big screen treatment! Of course, when you’re talking about the best-selling game of all-time, it starts to make a little more sense even if it does seem extremely ill suited for a movie.
The Tetris Company and Threshold Entertainment are developing the project which Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff is quoted as describing as “a very big, epic sci-fi movie.” He also adds that, “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”
Like many video game movies before it, it seems that a Tetris adaptation will share only a name with the property upon which it is based (though it’s a board game, Battleship seems like a good comparison).
“Brands are the new stars of Hollywood,” Kasanoff explained. “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.” That actually sounds like an interesting premise! However, it appears as if the movie is still in the very early stages due to the fact that there’s no director or even release date as of now.
“We look forward to partnering with Threshold Entertainment to re-imagine that common experience and bring a spectacular new Tetris universe to the big screen for the first time,” Tetris Company managing director Henk Rogers said in a statement released earlier today. “In this new universe, as you’ll soon find out, there’s much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines.” Tetris recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary.