We've seen all manners of video games adapted for the big screen, from Super Mario Bros. to Assassin's Creed, but the latest one announce might just be the most shocking yet. Cue up "Korobeiniki."
Tetris, the classic puzzle game created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984, is one of the world's most popular video games, and — if $80 million has anything to say about it — could become one of the world's biggest movies.
THR reports that Chinese media mogul Bruno Wu and Mortal Kombat producer Lawrence Kasanoff have partnered to develop films co-produced between China and the US with a company called Threshold Global Studios. Tetris will be their first project, which they aim to make into an "epic sci-fi thriller" set to film in China next year.
Of Tetris, Kasanoff said:
“Tetris, one of the most recognized video game franchises of all time, is a perfect first project for this strategy. For our debut project, Threshold Global Studios will bring one of the most beloved, cross-generational gaming brands in the world to the big screen.”
Of course, Tetris is an easy-to-learn but hard-to-master puzzle game that involves stacking different shapes to create solid lines before the screen fills up. There have been other variations on Pajitnov's creation, but never a story to go along with it. With financing secured, a story has been put in place, though no writer is attached yet.
The movie will feature a "Western and Chinese ensemble cast," but how great would it be to add this to the growing list of projects for The Rock and Kevin Hart? The Rock is already trying to figure out which way to turn Hart to make him fit the line:
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)