‘Tetris’: Apple Snaps Up “Insane” Video Game Film Starring Taron Egerton

The blocks are all snapping into place. Deadline reports Apple has come aboard Tetris: The Movie, a film that stars Taron Egerton as Henk Rogers, the Dutch video game designer who secured the distribution rights and helped make it a global phenomenon.

Behind the camera is Jon S. Baird, who is best-known for his films Stan & Ollie and the Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth. The film will reunite Egerton with his Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn, who is on board as a producer much as he was for Rocketman, which led the actor to an Oscar nomination.

Noah Pink wrote the screenplay, which will center on the rights battle to distribute Tetris to the masses. In a recent GQ interview, Egerton described the film as similar to The Social Network…

“It’s definitely more ‘Social Network‘ than ‘Lego Movie,’” Egerton says. “It’s about the rights to the game. It’s an insane true story.”

Other roles are being cast as we speak, including Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov who actually created Tetris, and British businessmen Robert and Kevin Maxwell. The plan is to begin filming next month.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.