Yesterday, we heard the crazy news that feature film adaptations of Centipede and Missile Command are bing developed. But today the movie world has become even more ludicrous with the ridiculous plan to turn Tetris into, not just a movie, but an entire trilogy… Yes, someone believes that perhaps the best video game ever made involving falling blocks is good enough to turn into a movie trilogy.
Now that you have wiped off all the coffee from the screen and disrupted all your colleagues with your incessant laughing – I need to tell you this is not a joke. The news was dropped at Cannes when Mortal Kombat producer Larry Kasanoff started speaking to international agents about the films production. A company called Threshold-Global Studios, new banner formed by Bruno Wu and producer Kasanoff, has been working with The Tetris Company for over a year in putting together plans for this $80 million US-Chinese production.
The plan is to film in China and other locations in 2017 with Chinese cast featured in the ensemble pic that’s billed as a sci-fi thriller. Yes, a sci-fi thriller based on Tetris. Kasanoff has reportedly told the press the planned movie is “not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise.”
Kasanoff went on further to say that the film lends itself to a co-production and that the goal is to make movies for the world market, so they aim to give the films a true global appeal. What type of story they could possibly come up with would be interesting to see. All attempts to turn really simple games with minimal story like Battleship and Angry Birds into movies have generally not been too well received and how they will tie the whole story into the Tetris game will be particularly interesting.
However they do it, Wu and Kasanoff will co-produce. Threshold’s Jimmy Ienner is executive producing with The Tetris Company and Seven Stars. Needless to say, these are either the craziest people in the movie business right now or it will be a genius movie. I’m almost sure its the former and until we see any more updates on what the films might entail, I’m sticking with that opinion.
And with a Monopoly movie already also in development, I wouldn’t be surprised if the announce a Rock Paper Scissors movie any time soon. These posters make the ideas seem potentially appetising though.
What do you make of this news? What games do you think are next to be turned into movies?
Last Updated: May 19, 2016