So not only is Tetris the Movie going to come to a theater near you in 2018, it’s going to launch the Tetris trilogy, which will likely be part of the Block-Toy Cinematic Universe along with LEGO and Jenga. Okay, that last part is a joke (for now), but that first part is not. Last fall, there was discussion about turning Tetris into an “epic sci-fi” project, but now there’s money behind it. A U.S.-China co-production between Threshold Entertainment’s Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat) and Chinese media mogul Bruno Wu will see the pair sink a combined $80 million into the movie.
According to Deadline, the production will begin sometime next year, and yes, they already have eye on part 2 and part 3. “The team has been working with The Tetris Company for over a year, and with the formation of Threshold Global Studios, financing has been secured, the story has been created, and now Wu and Kasanoff will co-produce,” said a statement. “Threshold Global will make cross-cultural movies for the global market.”
“Tetris, one of the most recognized video game franchises of all time, is a perfect first project for this strategy,” said Kasanoff in a separate statement. “For our debut project, Threshold Global Studios will bring one of the most beloved, cross-generational gaming brands in the world to the big screen.”
The production team is presently being put together with Jimmy Lenner coming onboard as executive producer, and line producer Dane Smith, whose worked on huge franchises like Spider-Man and Transformers, has begun to develop “the unique Tetris VFX developed especially for the film.” The producers are reportedly in Cannes this week trying to sell the project to agents looking for the next big thing to buy. No writer, director or stars are yet attached, but the movie will likely be an ensemble piece featuring both American and Chinese actors.
Tetris was released was created in 1984 by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov and was the first video game export from the former Soviet Union to North America. It was first available on PC and Commodore 64, but it really took off in 1989 when it was included in the initial release of Nintendo’s GameBoy. Every since, Tetris has been routinely ranked as one of the most popular titles in video game history.
Still, we have to wonder what a Tetris movie will look like? While this shouldn’t be taken as a clue, it’s a still a rather fascinating offering, an episode of the Saturday Morning cartoon Captain N: The Game Master where the characters go to Tetris-World, where everything is square. Get it!
We’ll have more details about the Tetris trilogy as it becomes available.