New Tetris Movie Will Not Be Like Other Game Films

There have been numerous attempts at making a decent movie out of familiar video and board games, some that did well, like Clue and Angry Birds, and others that did not, like Battleship. A few years ago, there was actually an effort to make a movie called Tetris, but it never got off the ground. The problem is the nature of the game, and whether a story can be built around it. The game Clue was already based on a familiar book and movie plot, and they made the film a comedy. Tetris has no story... or does it?   

A quick overview: Software engineer Alexey Pajitnov created Tetris (a portmanteau of "tennis" and "tetra") in 1984 while working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He shared the game with his coworkers, and they copied it onto floppy discs to share with their friends. The game went viral before viral was even a thing, spreading all across Moscow and even into a software exhibit in the Hungarian Institute of Technology.

It is there that UK citizen and owner of Andromeda Software Ltd., Robert Stein found the game. He wanted to license it to distributors in the US and UK, so he went to Russia to make a deal. Unfortunately for Pajitnov, in Soviet Russia, the game plays you. Pajitnov didn't own the rights to Tetris, the game instead, falling under the purview of Elektronorgtechnica, a soviet agency created to oversee the distribution of their software to foreign countries.

In other words, Tetris is going to be a drama based on a true story about doing business in the Cold War era, and not an adaptation of game play. Read more about the upcoming production at Cracked.

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