Tetris set to be adapted into Hollywood blockbuster
Tetris, the much loved computer game, is set to be turned into a "big, epic sci-fi movie".
According to the Wall Street Journal, producers Threshold Entertainment have teamed up with the Tetris Company to develop a live-action film based on the game. There is, as yet, no director or cast in place.
Tetris was originally released in 1984 and was originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. The game is a simple one, demanding players move shapes that consist of four blocks around the screen with the aim of making a horizontal line of 10 blocks. Once the line is complete, the line disappears and is counted towards a player's overall score.
It is thought that over 170 million copies of the game have been sold during its life time.
Speaking about his plans for the project, Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff said "It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes."
He continued: "Brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing. What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."
Kasanoff has previous experience of adapting a successful computer game for the big screen, he produced 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel to 1995's Mortal Kombat.