Tetris movie on the way from Mortal Kombat studio

This is not a drill: Tetris is making the transition to the big screen, as Threshold Entertainment announces a live-action film adaptation of the popular puzzler. Over the years, we’ve seen some strange game-to-film adaptations in the past, but this one might just squeak to the top of the list.



Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, company CEO Larry Kasanoff explains that the studio knows exactly what the Tetris movie won’t be:

This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.

We’re all devastated to know that we won’t be seeing a big-screen interpretation of the love between the T block and the elusive I, but Kasanoff is promising something more dramatic (although potentially no less bizarre). Rather than a simple adaptation of falling blocks, get in line for “a very big, epic sci-fi movie.”

Brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing.

It’s not the first time Kasanoff has tried his hand at bringing video games to cinema – he was behind the 90s adaptations of Mortal Kombat. The 1995 film of the same name grossed US$70 million, with the 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation grossing around half that.

Be warned though, this is also the studio behind 2012’s animated disaster Foodfight!, which featured a number of well-known real-world brands (Coca-Cola, Twinkie, Mrs. Butterworth) coming to life to “take on the forces of evil”.

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