When I was about 10 years old, I used to spend a fair amount of time staring at a Tetris arcade game in the local video game parlor. Unlike Tetris on hand-held consoles of the time, which consisted solely of differently shaped blocks falling from the sky, the arcade variant of the game had a short reward animation after each level, in which a little guy would appear and dance kazachok to a Russian tune.
Calling that a “plot” would be very generous indeed, but honestly, I was mostly concerned with beating some older kid’s high score, so that was all the plot I needed.
Now, some 30 years after Tetris initially appeared, the franchise is being turned into a movie, which may or may not actually be real (see our in-depth analysis here). And according to Empire, which spoke to the movie’s co-producer Larry Kasanoff, that movie has just turned into a trilogy.
This, Kasanoff says, is because the story is “so big” it doesn’t fit into one movie. That’s bold talk for a story based on an extremely simple puzzle game, and we’re not entirely surprised that details about the story are still absent.
I came up with the idea as I was thinking about Tetris and the theme of creating order out of chaos,” Kasanoff told Empire.”No-one has come remotely close to figuring out what were doing.”
The movie, which is a Chinese co-production, will have a global feel, Kasanoff claims, and casting is underway.
If you aren’t familiar with Tetris, check out a video from the arcade version I’ve played so many years ago, below. The little Russian dancer appears somewhere around the 4:30-minute mark. Now tell me you can’t imagine, say, Channing Tatum starring as that guy.
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