Apple Original Films has recently released the highly anticipated trailer for "Tetris", a film based on the true story of the world's most popular video game. The film stars Taron Egerton as Dutch entrepreneur Henk Rogers, who risks everything to bring the game to players around the world.
A Different Approach to Retro Video Games
"Tetris" is a unique take on the video game movie genre, as it presents a Cold War-era thriller filled with unlikely heroes, villains, and a race to the finish line. Unlike previous films inspired by retro video games, "Tetris" takes a more serious and dramatic approach, giving the audience a glimpse into the political and cultural tensions of the era.
The Cold War Meets the World of Gaming
The film begins with the invention of Tetris by Soviet computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov (played by Nikita Yefremov). The real challenge for the main character, Henk Rogers (played by Taron Egerton), is to license and distribute the game globally at a time when Eastern and Western countries had fundamentally different ideas about profit and intellectual property.
Director Jon S. Baird, who has a background in politics and has directed true stories in the past, was drawn to the film due to his interest in the Cold War period. "The Cold War automatically gives you that thriller aspect because it's communism vs.
capitalism, East vs. West, this clash of cultures and clash of ideas," says Baird. "It lends itself to this high-stakes, high-paced, high-impact sort of thriller, which just so happens to be about the world's most famous computer game."
A Trilogy No More
"Tetris" is directed by Jon S.
Baird and produced by Matthew Vaughn, Gillian Berrie, Claudia Vaughn, Len Blavatnik, Gregor Cameron, and Larry Kasanoff. It was initially planned to span a trilogy of films, but that is no longer the case. The film will be available to stream globally via Apple TV Plus on March 31.
"Tetris" promises to be a thrilling and engaging film that takes a different approach to the retro video game genre. With a talented cast and a gripping story, "Tetris" is a must-see for fans of video games and history alike.