It’s been reported by The Wall Street Journal that the production company Threshold Entertainment has acquired the rights to make a film based on Alexey Pajitnov’s legendary puzzle game Tetris.
Tetris, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, is a simple game in which players attempt to arrange blocks of various shapes in a well so as to form complete lines. But really, Tetris needs no introduction. It’s a defining game in the history of the medium, has mesmerized countless players over the decades, and sold millions of original Game Boys.
Yet, despite its simple and abstract nature, Threshold Entertainment envisions it as “a very big, epic sci-fi movie.” While they only have a story so far, the film seems nowhere close to being in production. However, that does not stop Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff from having ambition, as he sees the Tetris brand as stretching beyond motion pictures.
I’m sure many of us are skeptical of how well a bunch of blocks can translate into a feature film, but on the other hand, it worked for The LEGO Movie.