Tetris to be made into Hollywood ‘blockbuster’

30 Sep 2014

To the bafflement of many, it has been announced that Tetris, the popular video game from the 1980s, is to be made into a feature film but no details have been released.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a basic plot outline has been put in place by Threshold Entertainment, the company that will be producing the film, but early suggestions are that it will be a live-action sci-fi film somehow connected with the block-puzzle game.

Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff has worked with making video games into films in the past with the somewhat successful Mortal Kombat adaptation back in 1995 as well as its sequel two years later, both of which proved hits at the box office.

Since then, Threshold has been working on animation based productions for established franchises including Star Wars, Lego and Marvel Comics.

Speaking of the decision to make Tetris into a film, Kasanoff said: “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

This won’t be the first film based off a popular game to have come out in cinemas in recent years as the 2012 film Battleship was, in theory, supposed to be based on the popular board game of the same name, but had a plot that involved the US Navy attempting to singlehandedly stop an alien invasion, using battleships.

Tetris image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic