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$80 million sci-fi thriller based on Tetris to be part of a trilogy

05.17.2016

There's always several video game flicks in development, some that are more baffling than others, and currently at the top of that list is Tetris. Different-sized blocks...arranging them so that they form a line...that's pretty much it. That's what we have to go off of in order to fill a feature-length film. Well, in case you thought some of those details might be glossed over in the span of one film, you can rest easy; they're planning on shooting three.

As Deadline reports, Threshold Global Studios are eyeing to create a trilogy from Tetris, starting with an $80-million budget for the first film. China will be one of the main draws, as it will be filmed there and feature a Chinese cast as part of an ensemble. Producer Larry Kasanoff states that it's “not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise.” As of now, it's being billed as a Sci-Fi/Thriller because, well, what else do you call this thing?!?

I don't know how many fans of Tetris are out there waiting for a film adaptation of their favorite game, but I imagine the term "niche market" comes heavily into play. Why even use the name is beyond me, but while they're swinging for the fences, why not get John Williams to adapt the classic Tetris theme? Maybe Christopher Nolan can shoot it in IMAX?

If this is what they have in mind, I am so on board!

Source: Deadline

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8:42AM on 05/18/2016
I can see Tetris movie as some kind of Saw-esque movie where two competitors must play Tetris to the death!
I can see Tetris movie as some kind of Saw-esque movie where two competitors must play Tetris to the death!
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8:21AM on 05/18/2016
One potential plot for a Tetris movie would be employees in some sort of factory or warehouse having to deal with irregularly-shaped items at an increasingly frantic rate. Maybe China would be interested in a film about desperately trying to appease the increasingly impossible demands of their oppressive taskmasters, but most audiences would expect the system to be overthrown by the plucky workers at the end and I don't know if that's the sort of thing they'd screen over there.
One potential plot for a Tetris movie would be employees in some sort of factory or warehouse having to deal with irregularly-shaped items at an increasingly frantic rate. Maybe China would be interested in a film about desperately trying to appease the increasingly impossible demands of their oppressive taskmasters, but most audiences would expect the system to be overthrown by the plucky workers at the end and I don't know if that's the sort of thing they'd screen over there.
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1:33AM on 05/18/2016

Tetraminology?

Shouldn't they make four movies if they want to be truly faithful to the game? Could also make for a creative blu-ray boxset.
Shouldn't they make four movies if they want to be truly faithful to the game? Could also make for a creative blu-ray boxset.
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8:43PM on 05/17/2016
China? Isn't this game Russian? Doesn't seem very faithful to the source material.
China? Isn't this game Russian? Doesn't seem very faithful to the source material.
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6:56PM on 05/17/2016

this is not

the video game movie I asked for dammit!!!!
the video game movie I asked for dammit!!!!
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6:54PM on 05/17/2016
I confess a morbid fascination with this concept. Like, how do you even begin? Some of us remember when Ridley Scott wanted to do a Monopoly movie, and at least that game has a basic structure that you could fit a story around. But Tetris? There is no world in which this is going to be good, but that doesn't necessitate it being bad. It'll probably be bad, but it could just be one of those guilty pleasures people laugh and get high over.
I confess a morbid fascination with this concept. Like, how do you even begin? Some of us remember when Ridley Scott wanted to do a Monopoly movie, and at least that game has a basic structure that you could fit a story around. But Tetris? There is no world in which this is going to be good, but that doesn't necessitate it being bad. It'll probably be bad, but it could just be one of those guilty pleasures people laugh and get high over.
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5:55PM on 05/17/2016
This shows they're running out of games to make movies from.
Everybody laughed when I bought the right to Pong, but give it another year or two and we'll see who has the last laugh.
This shows they're running out of games to make movies from.
Everybody laughed when I bought the right to Pong, but give it another year or two and we'll see who has the last laugh.
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4:46PM on 05/17/2016

Tetris Trilogy

Because fuck you moviegoers.
Because fuck you moviegoers.
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3:41PM on 05/17/2016
Universal so spend 100Mil on Pet Rock Quadrilogy staring Dwaynne Johnson
Universal so spend 100Mil on Pet Rock Quadrilogy staring Dwaynne Johnson
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2:26PM on 05/17/2016

I watch a lot of Japan Tv and these variety shows are always better than anything we have to offer

Gaki No Tsukai being my favorite, Game Center CX being a close 2nd. Japan shows are dedicated to giving viewers a happy experience. Yes, they have tons of dramas like we do in the States, but they don't rate as well as variety shows. There are shows that have been on since the 80s, with the same performers and its just as funny now as it was then. If they HAVE to do a Tetris show, I would love for it to be something more silly like this than an actual flying Tetris piece alien war...
Gaki No Tsukai being my favorite, Game Center CX being a close 2nd. Japan shows are dedicated to giving viewers a happy experience. Yes, they have tons of dramas like we do in the States, but they don't rate as well as variety shows. There are shows that have been on since the 80s, with the same performers and its just as funny now as it was then. If they HAVE to do a Tetris show, I would love for it to be something more silly like this than an actual flying Tetris piece alien war...
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2:22PM on 05/17/2016

China Eh?

I''l watch it if Jackie Chan is in it.
I''l watch it if Jackie Chan is in it.
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