Originally announced last year, the film adaptation of the classic 1980s video game Tetris will start falling into theaters sometime in the near future.
The Verge reported that the Threshold Entertainment has teamed up with the Tetris Company to develop a live-action film based on the game. Threshold Entertainment has managed to secure a significant amount of money, a whopping $80 million in funding for the said project, ensuring that the filming will be able to sustain any unplanned budget overruns.
Threshold’s Larry Kasanoff is no stranger when it comes to video games adaptations. Kasanoff was best known for adapting the Mortal Kombat games to the big screen back in 1995, which grossed a staggering amount of $70 million according to BoxOffice Mojo.
Kasanoff is also teaming up with Asian media mogul Bruno Wu to co-produce the film. Wu, who set up a $1.6 billion media fund in partnership with Yucheng Group’s Muse Era late last year, will serve as co-producer on the film while Threshold’s Jimmy Ienner is executive producer along with The Tetris Company and China-based Seven Stars.
According to Deadline, the filming will start in 2017 with Chinese locations and a Chinese powercast, though “the goal is to make world movies for the world market,” Kasanoff said.
Kasanoff also claimed that the film could potentially be the basis for a trilogy, with a plot that “not at all what you think, it will be a cool surprise.” Reports said that the film has been seen as the first part of this trilogy.
Back in 2014, when the producer told the Wall Street Journal that “this isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes… What you [will] see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.”
The 32-year-old 1980s classic game Tetris has been downloaded over 500M times as a mobile game.
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