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Oh my god… somebody is making a Tetris movie

tetrisgameboyAnd that somebody is Larry Kasanoff, the same producer behind 1995’s Mortal Kombat and 1997’s less-impressive Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Kasanoff told The Wall Street Journal that his production studio, Threshold Entertainment, has signed a deal with The Tetris Company to produce the film as a theatrical release.

There’s no word yet on who will star in the film or when it’ll open in theaters, but Kasanoff believes that Tetris: The Movie should take the form of a massive sci-fi blockbuster:

“It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy [a WSJ blog] exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

Kasanoff’s sci-fi take on the game’s story isn’t the first time Tetris has looked to the stars for inspiration. The “plot” of 2002’s Tetris Worlds involved rescuing a race of intelligent machines from a dying planet through the power of “Tetrion Gates.” Each gate was unlocked once the player lined up a series of Minos (Tetris pieces) along the bottom of the well.

Personally, I hope it’s like the Captain N episode, “The Trouble With Tetris.”

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Dead Rising film scores a director in Leprechaun’s Zach Lipovsky

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Canadian director Zach Lipovsky, best known for the Made-For-TV movie Tasmanian Devils and the upcoming reboot of the Leprechaun franchise, Leprechaun: Origins, has signed on to helm the film adaptation of Capcom’s Dead Rising. He will be working a the script penned by screenwriter Tim Carter, who served as a Producer on the well-received web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

The 90-minute digital film is being produced by Legendary Pictures’ new subsidy Legendary Digital Media, and will be distributed via Sony’s Crackle streaming service in North America, while Content Media Corp has snagged the international distribution rights.

[Source: The Wrap]

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Jimmy Fallon and Pierce Brosnan play GoldenEye 007 on Tonight Show

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play GoldenEye 007 against the real James Bond? Unlike most of the folks (myself included) who spent hours blasting their friends in the Facility with Proximinity Mines, Jimmy Fallon can actually make it happen.

Pierce Brosnan was on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his new movie, The November Man. As the interview was winding down, Fallon pulled out an N64 and got to live out one of his childhood fantasies by battling Bond in a deathmatch. As you’d expect (especially if you’re Auric Goldfinger), Brosnan is not an expert GoldenEye player and Fallon wipes the floor with him.

Duh, nuh, na, na, duh, nuh, nuh.

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First trailer for Halo: Nightfall released at Comic-Con 2014

Jameson Locke is an all-new character in the Halo universe, and Halo: Nightfall webseries, which takes place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, tells his origin story. Locke is an operative of the Office of Naval Intelligence, which is the toughest military branch the Earth has. He and his team must uncover the truth behind an artifact that can kill humans – and who is trying to use it against them.

Halo: Nightfall will launch this November.

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First The Last of Us movie details explode out of Comic-Con 2014

thelastofus-cc14movieposterBack in March, we learned that Sony Pictures would be producing a Last of Us movie adaptation through their Screen Gems subsidiary. During this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, the studio revealed a bit more about their plans for the film, including this awesome teaser poster.

Sam Raimi, who will be producing the film, spoke to the gathered crowd alongside Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann. Druckmann is also writing the screenplay, which Raimi believes will be “very true” to the game. The pair revealed that they’re currently in the process of whittling down a 15-hour game into a feature-length movie. And one of the things that may be changed is the ending.

The producers haven’t signed anyone to the cast yet, however they did say they’ve talked to Maisie Williams (Ayra Stark from Game of Thrones) about playing Ellie. The crowd roared its approval and even started up a “Bruce Campbell For Joel” campaign, but Raimi said that was unlikely. However, everyone’s favorite Evil Dead star will have “a place” in the film.

Finally, Raimi announced that the movie is still “years away” and that he won’t be directing. Instead, Druckmann is the person who is in charge of choosing the director. I wonder if Fede Alvarez (the director of the 2013 Evil Dead reboor/sequel) is available?

[Source: ComingSoon.net]

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See the first trailer for the Atari: Game Over documentary

Spoiler Alert! When Microsoft went digging in the desert this past April, they found the fabled resting place of thousands of Atari 2600 cartridges (including hundreds of copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial). Over the years, many people tried to pass off the mass burial as some kind of hoax or urban legend. But the truth was never really in doubt. Atari had trouble selling their games during the Christmas season of 1983 and trucked their unsold stock to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

So instead of focusing solely on the dig, Zak Penn’s documentary, Atari: Game Over, also looked into the culture of the company at the time and how the then biggest movie of all time could produce such a lousy tie-in game. This includes conversations with Atari executives, local politicians from the Alamogordo area, game historians, and the developer behind the infamous game, Howard Warshaw.

If you were in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, you had a chance to see the premiere screening of Atari: Game Over for yourself. The rest of us will have to wait until this Fall, when it debuts on Xbox Live as one of the first (and last) Xbox Entertainment Studios offerings. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with the trailer embedded above.

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Uncharted movie bumps Amazing Spider-Man 3 for a 2016 release

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Uncharted film will get a planned release on June 10, 2016, bumping The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018.

This may come as a surprise to some, given that the production team has changed directors and writers multiple times. From David O. Russell’s weird crime family concept, with DeNiro and Pesci as Nathan Drake’s non-canonical father and uncle, to Neil Burger’s short tenure as director, the production has been stuck in development hell for a while.

This version of the film is being written by David Guggenheim, not to be confused with Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth. David Guggenheim has action credits under his belt with movies like Safe House, and Nicholas Cage vehicle Stolen.  Slightly more promising is the current director Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses and the WarGames remake. More importantly for gamers, he directed the quintessential documentary about what a horrible person Billy Mitchell is (also Donkey Kong), King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

No word yet on whether or not the production team has made the right choice and decided to hire Nathan Fillion to play Drake.

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Mighty No. 9 animated adaptation in the works

I don’t how this will impact the planned live-action adaptation, but Comcept and Digital Frontier have announced they’ve begun work on an animated adaptation of Mighty No. 9.

The project is still in the early stages, but Digital Frontier wants to create an “action-packed comedy aimed at kids 6-11″ that they hope will appeal to adults as well. If the teaser video above is any indication, I think they’ve got a shot at doing just that. Produced for this weekend’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, the video is a neat little taste of things to come. However, according to an FAQ posted on the official Mighty No. 9 site, no one has officially signed on to the animated adaptation as of yet. Digital Frontier is still looking for writers, a director, and voice actors. Because of this, we don’t know when Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series will make its television debut.

But hopefully the announcer sticks around, he’s pretty awesome.

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