Back then producer Larry Kasanoff - whose credits include work on films like True Lies - spoke of the film having a surprise concept. He's reiterated that to Empire magazine but also, somewhat amazingly, confirmed the rumours that it'll be the first in a trilogy of movies. Some of the filming and cast will be based in China, too, which was also previously confirmed.
Some of Kasanoff's remarks to Empire are below.
That's correct [on the film being the first of a trilogy], 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!
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.
I guarantee you it's not what you think. No-one has come remotely close to figuring out what we're doing.
It's difficult to figure out how the simplicity of the Tetris brand fits into a broad-scope sci-fi movie, unless it's a Matrix style quest to rebuild the world with oversized pixelated blocks. Who knows, but it'll be intriguing to follow; we weren't sure how one film would work, so confirmation it's part of a trilogy has us rather intrigued.
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