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Video game Tetris to become a China-US co-produced movie

/ 11:41 AM May 18, 2016
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In this April 5, 2014 file photo shown is the classic video game Tetris played on the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia, April 5, 2014, using hundreds of LED lights embedded in its glass facade. The spectacle kicks off a citywide series of events called Philly Tech Week and also celebrates the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tetris. AP FILE PHOTO

BEIJING — Chinese and US producers say they plan to make an $80 million live-action sci-fi thriller based on the popular 1980s building block computer game Tetris.

The movie will begin shooting next year. It is the first project from the newly formed Threshold Global Studios, a joint venture between Chinese entertainment investor Bruno Wu’s Seven Star Works and producer Larry Kasanoff’s California-based Threshold Entertainment Group.

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The pair said in a statement Tuesday that the joint venture “will make cross-cultural movies for the global market.” Kasanoff added that the 32-year-old video game Tetris “is a perfect first project for this strategy.”

The announcement said financing for the co-production is complete. There are plans to film the movie in China and it will feature Chinese actors.

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