When crafted in just the right way, nostalgia for beloved properties can translate into big bucks at the box office. Properties that originated in the 1980s like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been resurrected with great success, but last month, we revealed that plans for a Tetris movie have expanded into a full trilogy, with production set to begin at the beginning of next year. Producer Larry Kasanoff recently shed some light on this project, teasing that the story they have come up with demands a movie trilogy.
We first reported on a Tetris movie back in 2014, when Larry Kasanoff's Threshold Entertainment teamed up with The Tetris Group for a movie adaptation. Even then, he teased how "epic" the story would be, but our report from last month was the first we heard about a Tetris trilogy. Empire recently caught up with Larry Kasanoff, who teased that the movies won't feature random blocks "running around."
"That's correct, and 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. 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!"
Last month's report revealed that Larry Kasanoff is teaming with Chinese media mogul Bruno Wu to bring this video game to life, with the producers eyeing an $80 million budget. No screenwriter or director has been announced yet, but casting is currently under way. Last month's report revealed that the project will feature an ensemble cast featuring actors from both America and China. Here's what Larry Kasanoff had to say, teasing that no one has guessed what they're trying to do yet.
"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. I guarantee you it's not what you think. No-one has come remotely close to figuring out what we're doing."
Regardless of what the story may be, Tetris could be moving forward at just the right time. Earlier this month, Warcraft became the highest-grossing video game movie of all time, despite severely underperforming domestically while bringing in big bucks internationally. Later this year, another high-profile video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed will hit theaters, starring Michael Fassbender. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on Tetris as soon as more details surface.