Yep, you read that right. There will be a film based on the 1984 classic game of Tetris. The film is scheduled to start shooting in China at some point next year according to Deadline. The movie is said to be a collaboration between China and the U.S. and will feature actors from both countries.
Tetris was first launched on Elektronica 60 in 1984 in Russia. For those of you unfamiliar with the Elektronica 60, it was a computer that was made in the Soviet Union. Alexey Pajitnov was the man who created the game on that (now ancient) platform. The game then became popular on the Game Boy handheld system in 1989!
A storyline has already been hashed out and funding for the film is secured. The movie is supposed to be part of a trilogy and the budget is set at $80 million. The film will be a introduction piece from Threshold Global Studios which involves both Bruno Wu and producer Larry Kasanoff, who is known for Mortal Kombat. Kasanoff (in terms of the movie adaptation) had said that the film is “not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise”.
There has been a clear rise in movies based on video games, but this one seems a little left field. However, if done right I’m sure that it will exceed expectations, because I’m not sure anyone (including myself) knows what to expect!