Tetris, the iconic video game that involves matching tiles with other tiles (and not much else), is being turned into an $80m film trilogy.
Yep, you read that correctly. The project was officially announced last year, and it seems everything is falling into place (sorry) for Hollywood’s latest master-stroke.
According to a report from Deadline, filming will kick off in China in 2017, and it will be a series of three films.
You’re probably wondering how a film about a minimalist 80s arcade game might work. Will they give the tiles faces and personalities? Perhaps the Tetris movie will be a coming-of-age tale about a straight line tile that dreams of becoming a square? Both wrong.
The Tetris trilogy is being billed as a sci-fi thriller.
In defence of the ridiculous concept, things do get pretty tense when the screen starts to fill up.
Fans of the famous puzzler didn’t know quite what to make of the news.
I love that Tetris will be a trilogy — there is way too much story there to fit in just one movie. Glad they're doing it justice
— Sam Barlow (@mrsambarlow) May 17, 2016
of course tetris is gonna be a movie trilogy. what's more tetris than a bunch of pieces that don't quite fit together and ultimately bomb?
— Nathan Grayson (@Vahn16) May 17, 2016
Tetris the Movie. Basically 2001: Space Odyssey but the monolith is an L-block
— Anime Dad (@ZoomyRamen) May 17, 2016
The Tetris movies are going to be a trilogy, and with that I begin to laugh. And laugh. And laugh. And laugh.
— Caro(lina) Montes (@TwixMix96) May 17, 2016
I bet the #TETRIS movie has a lot of parts.
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) May 17, 2016
They're making a trilogy of Tetris movies. A TRILOGY! OF TETRIS MOVIES! Could the last one to leave Hollywood switch the lights off?
— Tim Shelton (@ShipwreckPoetry) May 17, 2016
Tetris was originally launched in Russia in 1894, before being bundled with the Game Boy for the handheld console’s US launch in 1989.
There have since been countless iterations of the game, and it’s been downloaded over 500 million times on mobile alone. The trilogy news comes just a week after the movie adaptation of Angry Birds hit cinemas.