Apple TV+ Thriller Film 'Tetris' Recounts 'Unbelievable Story' Behind Video Game: Watch the Trailer Now

Apple this week released the trailer for its upcoming thriller film "Tetris," inspired by the true story of how the video game became a worldwide sensation. The film will be available to stream on Apple TV+ around the world starting March 31.


"Tetris" stars Taron Egerton as Henk Rogers, who traveled to the Soviet Union in 1989 and resolved a rights dispute that ultimately led to Nintendo licensing Tetris for the Game Boy console and the game becoming a smash hit globally.

"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," said Apple. The film is directed by Jon S. Baird based on a script written by Noah Pink.

Apple TV+ costs $6.99 per month or $69 annually following a price increase last year. The streaming service is available in the Apple TV app across several devices and platforms, including but not limited to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV box, PS5, Xbox Series X, Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming sticks, and select smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio. Apple TV+ content can also be streamed on the web at tv.apple.com.

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Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
15 months ago
So context on what this movie is about: This is about Henk Rogers, owner of a Japanese game company called Bulletproof Software that worked closely with Nintendo. Tetris had recently broke out of the Iron Curtain through a licensing agreement with Elorg (the Soviet's tech "corporation" so to speak) and UK PC game publisher Spectrum Holobyte. However the Soviets stipulated Spectrum Holobyte only had the rights to publish the game on PCs, which at the time they considered game consoles PCs as well, so Spectrum Holobyte was throwing the licensing around the world like candy, all the while the Soviets weren't getting a single penny of royalties.

This is where Henk Rogers comes into play, as he is working with Nintendo to find them a killer app to launch their then prototype handheld the Game Boy. After showing Nintendo Tetris, the Nintendo executives told him to go to Moscow to get the rights immediately. This lead into a boardroom battle between Spectrum Holobyte, Henk Rogers, and some other parties over who gets the rights to publish Tetris, as well as frustrated communists not knowing what the hell is going on.

Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dylanwho Avatar
15 months ago
Looks like a blockbuster
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saipher Avatar
15 months ago
This trailer got me super hyped for this movie.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
15 months ago
I wish I could play Tetris; alas, I have neither the dexterity nor brain cells.

(No, literally. I'm just a failed prototype. Or maybe they think I was a success...)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Armada2 Avatar
15 months ago
Oh my! being a little kid back then, I remember the launch of Gameboy with Tetris and Super Mario Land and wanted it and got it :)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
halftheproblem Avatar
15 months ago
looks like an SNL bit
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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