The latest and greatest video game movie, an epic sci-fi thriller adaptation of the classic game Tetris, is preparing to release sometime in theaters.
It seems that video game movies are no longer things of the future. With titles such as Assassin‘s Creed and Warcraft making their way to the big screen later this year, how could film studios pass up the opportunity to turn classic game Tetris into the latest cinematic masterpiece?
Threshold Global Studios, brought together by the teamwork of Threshold Entertainment and Seven Star Works, announced today that the preparations for the Tetris movie have been finalised, meaning that the story and producers have already been fixed. According to the company, the movie is set to be “an epic, sci-fi thriller” that should act as a perfect first project for the team.
Mortal Kombat’s Larry Kasanoff is on board and will be working alongside Bruno Wu to produce. The yet untitled Tetris film also has a set budget of $80 million, just $20 million below the CGI heavy Warcraft. Regarding the movie, Wu expresses excitement, saying:
“Today there are so many great sources on which to build a movie blockbuster and video gaming is certainly an amazing category with its huge international following, so to have this legacy brand, Tetris, is a great, first project for us.”
It certainly is a legacy brand, Tetris being easily one of the most recognized video game franchises of all time, though this might not suggest that further attention should be paid to the game. Quite the opposite in fact, if we base our judgments on Ubisoft’s Tetris Ultimate for PS4. According to reports, though, the upcoming film will be shot at least partially in China, with a primarily Chinese cast. What’s more, should all go well, the sci-fi thriller will be the first part of a trilogy.
Although it’s hard to imagine what the movie will be like, there are few games that can match Tetris for their impact in the video game market. Last year saw the classic puzzle game inducted, alongside Super Mario Bros. and Pong, into the Video Game Hall of Fame where consideration from an international committee deemed the titles worthy of legendary status. Classic shooter DOOM was also inducted at the same time, a game that now has a shiny new reboot and is proving to developers that it isn’t impossible to reuse old ideas if executed well.
What do you think about the Tetris movie, Ranters? An interesting concept, or something that makes video game movies look like a disaster waiting to happen? Let us know!
The Tetris movie has yet to receive an official release date.