About a year and a half ago, it was announced that a sci-fi epic based on the TETRIS video game would be produced. Like the LEGO MOVIE and BATTLESHIP before it, TETRIS wasn't really something fans were clamoring to see on the big screen, but since when has that stopped Hollywood? A lot of time has passed since then, and there's been virtually no news regarding this project...until now.
According to Deadline, TETRIS THE MOVIE is slowly beginning to take shape. The film will be a U.S.-China co-production under the banner Threshold Global Studios, which is a team-up between producer Larry Kasanoff's Threshold Entertainment Group and Bruno Wu's Seven Star Works. The inaugural effort of this joint venture will be the TETRIS movie, and the budget for the film will be a modest $80 million.
Funding for the film has been secured, and it will supposedly be the first part of a planned trilogy of sci-fi thrillers. As a Chinese co-production, you can rest assured that the film's ensemble will feature Chinese actors within it.
Producer Kasanoff told Deadline that TETRIS THE MOVIE is “not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise.”
Every inch of my body wants to be incredibly cynical about this. However, whenever I start to let that part of me take over, I remember THE LEGO MOVIE, which was a film, by all accounts, NEVER needed to be made. And yet it was made, and was quite the heartfelt picture. Granted, that picture was a special case since it had Phil Lord and Chris Miller on board as directors, but who's to say something similar won't happen to some up-and-comer with the TETRIS film? No, it's no ASSASSIN'S CREED, but who's to say there isn't a kernel of a good idea in there somewhere?
In Hollywood, literally any idea can work, so long as the creative team is passionate and smart. As such, I'd be hesitant to write this off until I see what they've produced.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you care about a TETRIS film? Do you think it's possible to make a good TETRIS movie?
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