RatPac Entertainment is developing a film about Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian video game designer who created the famous building block puzzle game “Tetris” says The Tracking Board.
Said to be akin to “The Social Network” in tone, the story follows Pajitnov and the inception of the game which was first developed with Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov in the USSR back in 1984. At the time they were working for a Soviet-funded R&D center in Moscow.
The game was quickly exchanged between computer programmers, spread throughout the region, and blew up into a worldwide phenomenon. Pajitnov didn’t get any money for his creation of Tetris until 1996, and there were massive battles both legal and even diplomatic over the rights to the game. Brett Ratner and James Packer will produce.