As previously stated above, this is not a joke. The beloved puzzle game Tetris, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will get its own movie treatment. Yep, giant rotating blocks on the big screen…fittin’ in place…gettin’ faster. The movie is being developed by Threshold Entertainment and The Tetris Company. Threshold was responsible for the movie version of Mortal Kombat. The Tetris movie, according to Threshold chairman Larry Kasanoff, will be “epic”. He went to say:
Everyone knows that Tetris is one of the best known, most beloved brands in the world. What everyone doesn’t know yet is the epic sci-fi story that we’re going to tell. That’s what’s really exciting.
Uh huh. At the risk of editorializing, I’m going to editorialize: this sounds silly. I’m not sure if this is going to be a direct to video release, a digital only movie or a full fledged big screen adventure that’ll be shown in IMAX but you can still consider me puzzled (see what I did there?). I know cashing in on 30 year anniversary things this year is big (read: Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, et al) but this is more than I can stomach at this point. I’m also hoping that this movie will be animated; I really don’t need to see Sandra Bullock and Mark Wahlberg running away from falling blocks. I’m also more than a little upset that this movie is even coming out at all! Gaming movies already have a bad rep and movies like The Last of Us and Uncharted have a ways to go before coming out; the stigma of “no good video game movie adaptation” needs to be eradicated before more piling on continues.
Oh well. This movie is still a long was away and has some serious hurdles in front of it…but I still imagine it’ll come out. People love nostalgia, even if it’s for the wrong reasons, and I’m sure this movie will be a moderate success. I was really just hoping for a Dr. Mario or Sonic Spinball movie first…