Threshold to Make Movie Based on Tetris

Posted on October 2, 2014

Image of Tetris products

Tetris is one of the most popular arcade games of all time. It is now going to be turned into a major motion picture. Threshold Entertainment has partnered with the Tetris Company to create a live-action movie based on the arcade game.

Tetris is certainly a fun game, but it is a puzzle game and has no characters upon which to base a movie. There is no plot in Tetris either. You just line up different shaped blocks, known as Tetriminos, as they fall from above.

Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff told Speakeasy that they are going science fiction with the plot. Kasanoff says, "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."

Tetris is a huge brand. Even many people who have never played the game are familiar with it. The image above shows some of the many Tetris products available. It will certainly be interesting to see what they come up with for a movie. Kasanoff also Speakeasy, "What you [will] see in 'Tetris' is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."

One of the best live-action skits using Tetris we have seen is the Angry Tetris God skit from College Humor. It is very amusing. Of course it is only a couple minutes long. Making a Tetris movie will likely require looking at the game from a completely different perspective.

Henk Rogers, managing director of The Tetris Company, told BBC News, "In this new universe, as you'll soon find out, there's much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines."

It does sound like they have thought up some clever way where Tetris is a small part of something much bigger - hence Kasanoff's "iceberg" reference.

Photo: Tetris Company

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