Live-action 'Tetris' film secures $80 million

The movie based on the classic puzzler is said to begin filming in China in 2017.

The fact that filmmakers have their hearts set on bringing a movie based on Tetris to live isn't news. The fact that Threshold Entertainment has secured $80 million in funding for a hypothetical Tetris movie is. That's a lot of money, and a lot of questions, like "Why Tetris?"

Threshold Entertainment's Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, 1995) will act as co-producer on the film, which is slated to begin filming in 2017 with a Chinese cast and location. According to Kasanoff, speaking with Deadline, the film could potentially be the basis for a trilogy, with a plot that supposedly isn't what we're all thinking. "It will be a cool surprise," he promises. These comments hearken back to his 2014 statements to the Wall Street Journal that what we will see in Tetris is "the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."

The fact that Tetris is seeing a film release shouldn't surprise anyone, especially with Atari's Missile Command and Centipede coming as we speak. There's an Assassin's Creed film on the horizon as well, but there's a narrative to go on there. It's tough to say what we might be able to expect from the movie, but that's a lot of money and a lofty promise from Kasanoff. Hopefully one of those things delivers.