Deadline reports that Tetris The Movie may finally begin planning ahead as the project is set to be purchased for an estimated $80m for a US-China co-production venture under Threshold Global Studios.
The new studio is formed by media mogul Bruno Wu and producer Larry Kasanoff, which is a team-up of Wu’s Seven Star Works and Kasanoff’s Threshold Entertainment Group. The studio will develop and finance film projects for the global market and the first project looks set to be a film adaptation of the iconic video game Tetris. Kasanoff is in Cannes speaking with international sales agents.
The team have been working with The Tetris Company for over a year and now with the formation of Threshold Global Studios, partners claim that financing has been secured. The film is being labelled as an epic sci-fi thriller with a Western and Chinese ensemble cast, with filming to take place in China and other locations. Kasanoff tells the Deadline report that it’s ‘not at all what you think; it will be a cool surprise’ and the report also indicates that the film is being seen as the first part of a trilogy.
Back in November of last year, Bruno Wu announced plans for a film adaptation of the falling shapes game as he unveiled a $1.6B global content fund in partnership with Yucheng Group’s Muse Era. The film will come on the heels of other film adaptations of video games as currently we have Angry Birds in cinemas, with Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed to come later in the year.
Admittedly no matter who they aim to bring into the film, from the cast to the crew, I’m going to have to wait until I see a trailer for this one because as of right now I just can’t see how this could work cinematically.