They’re Making a Tetris Movie and I No Longer Understand the World
So… That title’s pretty self explanatory. But let’s talk about it anyways.
The Tetris Company is teaming up with Threshold Entertainment, which previously produced film adaptations of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise, to produce the flick.
“Everyone knows that Tetris is one of the best known, most beloved brands in the world,” says Larry Kasanoff. chairman of Threshold Entertainment. “What everyone doesn’t know yet is this epic sci‐fi story that we’re going to tell. That’s what’s really exciting.”
I mean, sure, I guess the unknown is exciting, but the practically unfeasible? Because, really, what could the story possibly be?
Although not terribly elaborative, Kasanoff told The New Yorker:
The response was not surprising, because how the hell are you going to make a movie out of Tetris? When you make a movie out of a video game, you don’t make it of the game itself, but you try to figure out what is the essence of that game… And then you go up a level on the food chain to tell a story.
He later referred to the founder of the Tetris Company, Henk Rogers, who had once identified the game as a reflection of people’s desire to create order out of chaos.
A line from the original press release for the movie reads, “In this new universe, as you’ll soon find out, there’s much more to Tetris than simply clearing lines.”
So… I still don’t get it.
But I bet that it has something to do with aliens.
For a look at a very well produced short film that features the threat of Tetris (“Threatris?”), among other 8-bit enemies, check out “Pixels.”
Despite its bleak ending, it’s probably going to be easier to sit through than “Tetris: The Movie.”