It’s secured a production start date, $80 million in funding and even established a creative partnership between the US and China, but still, Threshold Global Studios’ plan for a Tetris movie almost defies belief.
Make no mistake, Threshold is aligning its unlikely video game adaptation as a newfound franchise and during an interview with Empire, producer Larry Kasanoff confirmed that the Tetris movie will indeed span a sci-fi trilogy because the story is purportedly too big to cram into a single film.
“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!”
Embracing the lowly expectations currently swirling around the film, Kasanoff believes Threshold’s “epic, sci-fi thriller” can go on to become a surprise hit when it finally descends into theaters. Said he: “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.”
Casting is currently underway on the Tetris movie and with a China partnership in tow, expect Threshold to enlist an international ensemble, possibly even with shooting locations in the sovereign state to boot. Kasanoff also noted that production will get underway in early 2017, as the company’s newfound franchise begins to, ahem, take shape.