From Blocks to Box Office: The Incredible True Story of Tetris, Told by CEO Maya Rogers!

Get ready, gamers! Apple TV+’s latest spy-thriller, “Tetris,” is here to take you on a thrilling journey through the Cold War era as it uncovers the astonishing true story behind the creation of the iconic strategy game. Taron Egerton stars as the daring Dutch entrepreneur Henk Rogers, who managed to outwit the KGB while connecting with “Tetris” creator Alexey Pajitnov, ultimately turning the game into a global phenomenon.

In an exclusive interview with NextShark, Maya Rogers, Tetris CEO and Henk’s daughter, shared insights on the movie’s seven-year production journey and how it aims to bridge cultures and unite people. With the help of “Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn, BAFTA-winning director Jon S. Baird, and a talented cast, the movie has finally come to life despite facing several challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.

As part of a surge in game-to-film adaptations, “Tetris” stands out by delving into its real-life subject matter. Maya wanted to tell the true story of how “Tetris” reached the masses, rather than going with a fictional, sci-fi approach. She also stressed the importance of accurate casting, using authentic Russian and Japanese actors to portray the characters in the movie.

Screenwriter Noah Pink worked closely with Maya to capture her family’s essence, helping her relive cherished memories with her father. The film showcases Henk Rogers’ ability to connect with people from different cultures, reflecting his diverse, international background.

According to Maya, the game of “Tetris” itself promotes connection among players worldwide. Its universal appeal transcends language barriers, and its simplicity and accessibility make it a timeless classic. She compares it to chess, as both games tap into our innate desire to create order out of chaos.

The movie’s core message emphasizes our shared humanity, the importance of friendship, love, and connection. Maya hopes viewers will be inspired by the honest bond between Henk and Alexey and how their shared vision turned “Tetris” into a global success.

As for Maya’s current gaming preferences? She loves Nintendo games like “Animal Crossing” and “Mario Kart,” with RPGs holding a special place in her heart. However, she admits she’s not great at first-person shooter games. Her favorite “Tetris” piece? The long “I” piece, followed by the “T” piece.

Ready to dive into the incredible world of “Tetris”? You can stream it on Apple TV+ starting this Friday. And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the trailer for “Tetris” below!

Written by Robert D