Tetris is arguably the most successful video game franchise of all-time. First published in 1984 by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov, it has sold more than 200 million copies and set the world record for most video game platforms it has been ported to. Something that is such a cultural fixture has to have quite a backstory behind it, and that’s what the upcoming Apple film Tetris will tell.
Taron Egerton, Toby Jones, and Nikita Yefremov star in Tetris, about the true story of the intense legal battle to acquire the game’s rights. Jon S. Baird, known for Filth and Stan & Ollie, is director. Noah Pink, known for creating the NatGeo series Genius, wrote the screenplay.
SYNOPSIS: Tetris tells the unbelievable story of how one of the world’s most popular video games found its way to avid players around the globe. Henk Rogers (Taron Egerton) discovers Tetris in 1988, and then risks everything by traveling to the Soviet Union, where he joins forces with inventor Alexey Pajitnov (Nikita Efremov) to bring the game to the masses. Based on a true story, Tetris is a Cold War–era thriller on steroids, with double-crossing villains, unlikely heroes, and a nail-biting race to the finish.
Tetris hits Apple TV+ on March 31st, but will premiere first at SXSW.