Ah, Hollywood, where nostaglia isn’t just a feeling, it’s a product. A trio of movies are on the way to play on stuff you remember seeing or doing in the ’80s, so let’s dive right in….
First up, Threshold Entertainment has announced that the video game “Tetris” —yes, that one— will be turned into a movie. “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff said to Speakeasy. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” He also added “brands are the new stars of Hollywood. We have a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing.” In Kasanoff’s defense, he did make two “Mortal Kombat” movies. But then again, this is fucking “Tetris,” so there better be a helluva story.
Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison is teaming with Sony TV and NBC on a TV series based on the Val Kilmer starring 1985 comedy “Real Genius.” It’s being rebooted as a workplace comedy (perhaps to replace the recently departed “The Office“?) about “the relationship between a rock star-like genius and a sheltered, naive co-worker.” Our suggestion? Go meta and cast Val Kilmer again.
Lastly, The Wrap reveals that Fox is developing an event series based on the Tom Hanks‘ warm-hearted 1988 hit “Big.” This new take “will explore what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever.” Which is a longer way of saying a kid will wake up in an adult body again and comedic hijinks will ensue.