Blocks Will Fall as Tetris Film Becomes a Trilogy


by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Not everything is rife for adaptation. Certain pop culture icons just shouldn’t cross over from their current state into film, but that doesn’t stop Hollywood from trying to make the blocks fit.

And it’s fitting that I use an interlocking blocks metaphor for this story, as it was just confirmed that the Tetris film announced a few years back will actually be a trilogy.

Producer Larry Kasanoff spoke with Empire confirming the film being three parts and why it’s not the usual marketing ploy that every other three-part film series seems to be:

That’s correct…purely because the story we conceived is so big.

This isn’t us splitting the last one of our eight movies in two to wring blood out of the stone. It’s just a big story.

I’m still calling shenanigans. What kind of story can you do for three films that comes from a video game about falling blocks that disappear once you create a full line across? I can’t think of anything.

At this point nothing is known about the story (so I may have to eat my words later) and Kasanoff is actually pretty happy about that:

We want the story to be a surprise, but it’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…we’re not going to have blocks with feet running around the movie, but it’s great that people think so. It sets the bar rather low!

Glad to know the public openly mocking your film gives you hope that anything you can do that isn’t blocks running around will be a step up! (I’ll end the sarcasm there). Hopefully Kasanoff has some epic sci-fi concepts to back up his enthusiasm.

Tetris starts shooting in China next year as one of Threshold Global Studios – a joint U.S. and Chinese venture – first films.

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