Tetris Headed to the Big Screen
Heads up, vintage video game fans. Your favorite game of the 80s is making its way to movie theaters. That's right — Tetris is heading to the big screen.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Tetris Company has teamed up with Threshold Entertainment to develop a "live-action film" based on the block-stacking game, which turned 30 years old this summer. The movie still needs a director and cast, but the story is set, though details are scant.
"It's a very big, epic sci-fi movie," Threshold's CEO Larry Kasanoff told the Journal. "This isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes."
Kasanoff previously adapted the Mortal Kombat games for the big screen, and the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie grossed $70 million while its 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation raked in $35 million. Now, he's planning to bring Tetris to life.
"We have a story behind 'Tetris' which makes it a much more imaginative thing," he said. "What you [will] see in 'Tetris' is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."
Kasanoff added that if the film is a success, there is an opportunity for "location-based entertainment based on the epicness."
Meanwhile on the entertainment front, after developing a slew of successful small-screen hits like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, Netflix is planning its first feature film. The streaming giant this week announced that its first original movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, will premiere next year.
BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO, PC Mag