The author of The tetris Effect has filed a lawsuit in New York accusing Apple and the Tetris Company of adapting his book about the popular video game into a feature film without his permission.
Dan Ackerman, who is also the editor-in-chief of gizmodoclaims he sent his book to the Tetris Company in 2016, which they then used as the basis for the 2023 film.
tetris premiered at the SXSW Film Festival on March 15 of that year and released on Apple TV about 15 days later. The main roles are played by actors Taron Egerton, Nikita Efremov, Rick Yune, Ben Miles and Roger Allam, among others.
Accordingly Reuters Ackerman is seeking damages equal to at least six percent of the film’s $80 million (£62.6 million) production budget.
The Independent has reached out to Apple and Tetris Company for comment.
Ackerman’s attorney Kevin Landau said Tuesday (August 8) that the lawsuit ” seeks to right a wrong and bring respect and justice to the work, diligence and personal responsibility of one who is entitled by law to such respect and this.” has recognition”.
In the lawsuit, the author alleges that the film’s production team “liberally appropriated numerous specific sections and events of the book” that were “like it in almost all material respects.”
Ackerman also claimed that the Tetris Company threatened to sue him if he tried to run his own film or television spinoffs related to the game.
Ackerman’s book The Tetris Effect: The Game That Mesmerized the World was released in 2016.
The book describes “the Soviet history of the popular puzzle game and the struggle for its global licensing rights as a Cold War thriller with a political intrigue aspect,” the lawsuit says.
The Independents James Mottram met with the inventor of the Tetris game and first major investor for an interview earlier this year. The duo were also joined by the film’s star, Egerton. Read the full interview here.