Hearing the Tetris: The Movie is a thing isn’t something pretty much anyone would have expected. The idea of a movie tie-in about the iconic video game seems like a good prospect until you consider the kind of nonsense Hollywood loves to pull here. Take Battleship, which got its own 2012 film adaptation that took the two-player boardgame and shoehorned it into a sci-fi action film. Said film has also got a video game adaptation as well.
That’s not what’s happening here. Instead, it’s a biopic about the game getting made. The movie is set to star Taron Egerton, as Henk Rogers. The Welsh actor and singer is known around the globe for various films and musical pieces, including the Kingsman action film series. The movie will be written by Noah Pink, who wrote the screenplay for the 2017 film The Show.
The story here is a bit of a mystery, as Rogers isn’t the creator of the iconic game. Tetris was originally designed and developed by Alexey Pajitnov, who is also going to be in the movie as well. Rogers is the guy who managed to snap up the rights to the game on consoles early in the industry. This led to a wave of legal battles and controversy.
It seems like Tetris: The Movie will focus on the combination of chronicling making the game, before moving into a dramatization of the legal battles that followed. So the focus will be less of an over-the-top video game movie, and more of a legal drama. We aren’t getting to see Gary “Eggsy” Unwin stealing the source code for the game by kicking tons of butt, sadly.
The film is due sometime in 2021, and is currently in pre-production. Tetris: The Movie is set to start shooting in Scotland later this year, and will move into post=production later next year.