Tetris Movie Still Happening, Now Becoming a Trilogy


When the first trailer for the Assassin’s Creed movie arrived online last week, it brought with it a faint glimmer of hope that maybe video game movies don’t always have to suck. Of course, gamers have had plenty of reasons to be hopeful in the past, only to end up sorely disappointed. Still, despite their track record, video game properties seem to be hot in Hollywood again… even ones that don’t necessarily seem suitable for a big screen adaptation. Case in point: Atari recently announced movies based on arcade classics Centipede and Missile Command and now a Tetris movie is actually moving forward. Wait, did I say Tetris movie? I meant Tetris trilogy. Clearly if these people knew what they were doing they would have gone for the full-on tetralogy. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, producers Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, Beowulf) and Bruno Wu (The Immigrant, Grace of Monaco) are teaming up to form Threshold Global Studios, a company that will focus on developing and financing film projects for the global market. Their first project will be Tetris The Movie, an $80 million China-U.S. co-production. The project was originally announced back in 2014 but now they have secured financing and they are envisioning it as the first part of a trilogy.

Of course, it is still unclear how they will make a story out of a puzzle game about falling blocks. They are calling it an “epic sci-fi thriller” but Kasanoff promises it is “not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise.” Producer Dane Smith (Transformers, Harry Potter) is said to be overseeing some kind of unique VFX developed specifically for the film, but all I can picture in my head is Adam Sandler’s Pixels and we all know how that turned out. Production is supposed to take place in China sometime next year. What do you think, is there any chance a Tetris movie might actually work?

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  • Glen

    The filmmaker have decided that Tetris the movie will only be shown at your local bar and tavern once it’s released.

    Have your quarters ready.

  • junker4554

    They should just make a biopic on the Russian dude who invented the game, and the numerous lawsuits that happened after it became a hit.

  • Yung

    The movie is “not at all what you think.”

    Umm, you mean….like Tetris?

  • Wouldn’t it make more sense to be a Tetralogy?


  • You mean exactly like Sean mention in the text? ;)

    “Clearly if these people knew what they were doing they would have gone for the full-on tetralogy”

  • I don’t read Sean’s sensationalism style journalism.

  • Sean

    They don’t call me the Earl of Editorializing for nothing!