Tetris--Yes, Tetris--Being Made Into an "Epic Sci-Fi Movie"

No word yet on a video game adaptation.

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Update: In a press release, Tetris Company managing director Henk Rogers chimed in with some additional thoughts on the upcoming film. "What started as a simple, computer puzzle game 30 years ago, today is part of our global consciousness, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds and feeding our innate desire to create order out of chaos. We look forward to partnering with Threshold Entertainment to re-imagine that common experience and bring a spectacular new Tetris universe to the big screen for the first time. In this new universe, as you'll soon find out, there's much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines."

Original Story: When you hear that the best-selling game of all-time is being made into a movie, it probably doesn't sound like such a surprising thing--you know, until you consider that the game in question is Tetris.

The Wall Street Journal today reports that the Tetris Company and Threshold Entertainment are working to bring the iconic puzzle game to the big screen. Neither a director nor actors have been signed on as of yet, but a story already exists for what Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff describes as "a very big, epic sci-fi movie."

As that description might suggest, the movie isn't likely to star the game's Tetriminos (the official term for those in-game blocks). "This isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page," Kasanoff said. "We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes."

That sounds like a blown opportunity for an edgy buddy cop movie. Still, if Threshold is making an "epic sci-fi movie," one has to wonder why the Tetris name is being used at all.

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

He added, "What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."

Kasanoff has experience with films based on video games, as he was involved with the production of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in the '90s.

There's no word as of yet on when the film will be released. Tetris recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary, and Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game are in the works in the form of Tetris Ultimate.

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Grenadehh

Just kill me.

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brxricano

NO.

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kingnothing47

This is the stupidest thing I've heard all week, and I've been reading a lot of Fox/CNN articles

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Bili5

Tetris : The Line ?

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gp3tron

to @#$%& With this Movie...

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JRLennis

Is this an April Fools joke? Oh, wait. It's October... :(


Seriously, can't they make a movie out of a game that people actually WANT to see made? To hell with "brands". People want to see compelling characters and worlds.

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CraZkid37

<< LINK REMOVED >> I literally thought the same thing for a moment, but then remembered it was October. This would have been the perfect April Fools article... that's just how bad this is.

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Flyin3lvl

get ready for some chessy remix tetris tune


possibily dubstep

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NP3trOp

It can be like the movie Cube.

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philnolan3d


I went on a VIP tour of Threshold years ago. They're the studio behind Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
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Grenadehh

<< LINK REMOVED >> And the first mortal kombat.

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NeoIostars

Suggestion: put Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren as the 'I' block. Academy Award nomination guaranteed.

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JimmeyBurrows

It's probably time people stopped watching these things to see how bad they are... it's clearly going to make money and be a total bag of ****.

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solidsnake7882

Ok how does anyone think this is a good idea? Whats next a movie based off of Pong?

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Zloth2

*facepalm*

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BlendThree

Threshold Entertainment presents an epic tale about a geometric shape that rotates, once, twice, a third time before linking up with a cluster of similar geometric shapes to form a line between borders. Starring Matthew Mcconaughey as the shape and Scarlett Johansson as the line. Look for the unrated director's "Cascade Edition" this fall.

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ubergusterfan

Kasanoff has experience with films based on video games, as he was involved with the production of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in the '90s.


Oh great, he was involved in two of the worst movies ever made. He maybe shouldn't include that information in future PR stints for this movie.

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Grenadehh

@ubergusterfan Both of which more or less sucked if not for Tsang Tsung and Highlander.

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xdude85

What.

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BobaFatt

It might have already been posted, but I'm just going to leave this here.


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NP3trOp

<< LINK REMOVED >> That looks great. Hope it ends up similar to that.

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Hurvl

A puzzle game like Tetris being made into an "epic sci-fi movie"? Now that's a puzzle that's hard to solve.

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Warriors30

Can't wait for "Tetris: The Movie - The Game".

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Mr_Big_Boss

Tetris is really an occupation in some intergalactic space dock, where they have to make lines of freight before they can board them onto a space craft.

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dwibs93

Why would they give this project to the people who made Foodfight?!

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Mr_Big_Boss

<< LINK REMOVED >> Because this project is at their skill level.

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Flamewolf75

I nominate this article for best comment section of the year.

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PosiTVEMinD355

Haven't heard of an idea this great since Battleship!!!! Let's do a movie on Checkers next!!!

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Hurvl

<< LINK REMOVED >> I want an Arkanoid movie, which would be much easier/better fit to mold into an epic sci-fi movie.

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holonic-

Battleship movie was just a Sy-Fy movie with little to mention related to the actual board game. I like the movie. Say I got a better idea, let's do Mouse Trap movie fro, that board game.

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Jinzo_111887

<< LINK REMOVED >> Already been done, but it was called Mouse Hunt instead, if I remember correctly.

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Mr_Big_Boss

<< LINK REMOVED >> Operation too :D

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CraZkid37

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I Imagine Operation being about surgeons dealing with a class action lawsuit because of tampered equipment that electrocuted it's patients during surgery and the struggle of retaining their licenses while finding who framed them. Plot Twist: Some brainiac psycho kid who lost both his parents from corrupt careless doctors did it.

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Flamewolf75

<< LINK REMOVED >> Hope nobody beat me to the punch with this one.

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Renoo27

I'm going to keep my distance from this one, until I hear/see more.

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Pupchu

I have dreamed of this day ever since i played Tetris on the original GameBoy! I cant belive we're finally getting the anticipated movie adaption we have all be awaiting for since the fall of the Berlin wall!!!

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vadagar1

next do ping pong plz

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JoInfo

It's good to see the deep, intriguing back story of Tetris finally up on the silver screen.

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vadagar1

hmmmmmmmmm

im not sure how this will work

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Pyrosa

"Brands are the new stars of Hollywood."


<facepalm>

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Hurvl

<< LINK REMOVED >> Claiming the importance of brands is like a firebrand to some, especially to one named Pyro-sa :P.

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IntegralReaper

I guess that.. I suppose that they're gonna.. I'm guessing that..... a pun.

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silverwings21

So will the plot be about an angry Russian brick layer, that goes on a rampage, tossing bricks off a building trying to kill everyone down below, à la Charles Whitman?

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Renunciation

It's gonna be directed by Quentin Tetrimino.

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Hurvl

@Renunciation That inglorious basterd? Will he turn this epic sci-fi movie into Science Pulp Fiction?

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Hardcoreehb

<< LINK REMOVED >> Despite being lame, I am going to up vote this because you made me chuckle.