Back in 2014 came the surprising announcement that a movie based on the last video game you’d expect a movie adaptation of, Tetris, was being developed. Then, just last month, it was revealed that not only had the movie secured funding and was officially a go, but that it could end up being a trilogy of movies instead of just one.
Now producer Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, True Lies) is talking Tetris, and he has confirmed that the plan is indeed to make a trilogy. Continue reading to see what he had to say, including why they’re planning three movies.
When asked whether the movie was the first in a trilogy, Kasanoff confirmed:
“Thatâ€™s correct, and purely because the story we conceived is so big. This isnâ€™t us splitting the last one of our eight movies in two to wring blood out of the stone. Itâ€™s just a big story.”
Many have tried to figure out just how they plan to turn Tetris, a game in which you simply try to fit different four-block shapes neatly together to clear lines, into a full movie with a plot and characters. We still have no idea as the story is being kept securely locked away, but Kasanoff assures people it’s not as simple as some might think it will be and he’s confident they’re taking things in a different direction than anyone has come close to figuring out:
“Weâ€™re not going to have blocks with feet running around the movie, but itâ€™s great that people think so. It sets the bar rather low!
We want the story to be a surprise, but itâ€™s a big science-fiction movie. I came up with the idea as I was thinking about Tetris and the theme of creating order out of chaos.
I guarantee you itâ€™s not what you think. No one has come remotely close to figuring out what weâ€™re doing.”
The first Tetris movie is said to have about an $80 million budget, and is a co-production between the United States and China. Kasanoff of Threshold Entertainment Group and Bruno Wu of Seven Star Works teamed up to create the new production banner Threshold Global Studios for the project.
Casting for the movie is currently underway, with plans to film sometime in 2017.