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Tetris movie 'has funding' for trilogy

Do Not UseDo Not Use 18/05/2016
Tetris became so popular in the 1980s in Russia that Soviet officials noticed it was causing workplace productivity to fall © AP Tetris became so popular in the 1980s in Russia that Soviet officials noticed it was causing workplace productivity to fall

There's no script or name, but a movie studio says it now has the funding to make a sci-fi trilogy based on Tetris.

In the game, players have to move shaped blocks into the correct slots, which becomes harder and faster as people move through the levels.

The company behind the films, Threshold Global Studios, said it would be making more "cross-cultural movies for the global market" in the future.

It also said Tetris was "a perfect first project for this strategy".

A statement said there are plans to film in China and feature Chinese actors but there are no big names attached to the project in an acting or directorial capacity.

It's also still unclear whether the film will survive the transition to the big screen and there are no deals signed with Hollywood studios to make or distribute the film yet.

Tetris was first launched 32 years ago in 1984 and has been downloaded as a smartphone app more than 500 million times.

It was originally designed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov for the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow.

The film was first announced in 2014 by Threshold Entertainment.

The $80m (£55m) project is a joint venture between Chinese entertainment investor Bruno Wu's Seven Star Works and producer Larry Kasanoff's California-based company, which produces live action movies.

The movie follows other game-inspired film productions like Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, The Angry Birds Movie and Warcraft.

Shooting for Tetris will begin next year, according to a statement from Threshold.

Larry Kasanoff has previously produced two Mortal Kombat movies.

Bruno Wu is founder and CEO of Sun Seven Stars Media Group, a private media and entertainment investment company in China.

Some fans say they're sceptical about whether the project will see the light of day, while others don't think it'll work.

Shandy says Hollywood isn't listening to what normal people want.

Treebsquire isn't happy either.

And Sophie doesn't like the idea.

This Twitter user thought it was a hoax to start with.

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