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£55million funding for possible Tetris movie trilogy

Tetris's simple yet addictive format has been entertaining gamers for three decades, and it was first announced in October 2014 that the Soviet video game was going to break on to the big screen as a science-fiction film.

Now it appears it may be the first of a trilogy, after Chinese-American Threshold Global Studios announced that they were putting £55million into the project.

The objective of the game, invented in 1984 by Russian Alexey Pajitnov, is to build flat layers from different-shaped tumbling blocks that fall faster as the levels progress.

Accompanied by an electronic instrumental version of the Russian folk song Korobeiniki, it is fiendishly compelling.

Threshold has already scored some game-to-movie successes, notably with two Mortal Kombat films, the first of which was panned critically but took $122 million at the global box office.

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