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'Tetris' Movie Announced, But Nothing on Characters or Plot

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 12:19 PM

A "Tetris" movie based on the popular 1980s videogame is in development, the company announced Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported exclusively that the live-action film will be developed with Threshold Entertainment, a company that has worked on projects with the Lego, Marvel, and Star Wars franchises. Threshold has also produced two successful live action films based on video games, "Mortal Kombat" and "Mortal Kombat 2."

No directors nor casting have been revealed as of yet, but the companies report that the story, which they did not disclose the detail of, is well in place.

Many may scratch their heads at the news considering Tetris is a puzzle game with no real characters to speak of, but the game itself does remain an international juggernaut 30 years after its 1984 release by Soviet game-designer Alexey Pajitnov. Cnet.com reported that not even considering its console and handheld sales over the years, the game has netted 425 million paid mobile downloads alone since the birth of the smartphone.

Some noted that "The Lego Movie" managed to successfully create characters out of a Lego user and his father, so perhaps the Tetris movie will take a similar tack.

Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff did reveal that the Tetris movie "isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page," and added emphatically that "We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes."

Instead, he explained that the final product will be "a very big, epic sci-fi movie" and also used the word "intergalactic" in the course of hinting at the story.

"Brands are the new stars of Hollywood," he said. "We have a story behind 'Tetris' which makes it a much more imaginative thing."

Movies based on videogames have a mixed track record in terms of profitability as well as critical reception.

"Will the Tetris movie end up being the next 'Wing Commander' or will it reach the heady heights of the original 'Mortal Kombat?'" writers at Cnet wondered aloud.

"Maybe it will settle somewhere in 'Silent Hill' or 'Tomb Raider' territory"

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