Move over, Beth Harmon.
The next classic game to conquer the general public in the style of Netflix’s “The Queen’s Bet” is the colorful favorite of the 1980s, the Rubik’s Cube.
Hyde Park Entertainment Group, led by prolific action film producer Ashok Amritraj, 64, and Endeavor Content have teamed up to produce a feature film based on the three-by-three puzzle, depending on the variety. Priya Amritraj, Amritraj’s daughter and Addison Mehr have signed on to produce the film, which does not yet have a public release date.
The film follows on from the hit Netflix hit series starring Anya-Taylor Joy as checkmate prodigy Beth Harmon, which sparked a wave of online chess games. and a race on old-fashioned game boards.
A Rubik’s-inspired game show is also in the works: Amritraj will produce the series with Andrew Glassman of Glassman Media, a subsidiary of Endeavor that has featured competitive shows such as “The Wall” on NBC and “Spin the Wheel,” hosted by Dax Shepard at Fox.
It is not known if the film will be in the style of “The Lego Movie”, where the toy itself is an anthropomorphic main character, or a feature film about the creation and competition around the beloved puzzle, which is solved. by aligning the colors monochromatically on each of the six sides of the 3-D cube.
The toy has played a role in a few blockbusters: “The Pursuit of Happyness” from 2006 with Will Smith and more recently, the Oscar winner animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”.
But this will be the first time that the puzzle, invented by Hungarian sculptor Ernő Rubik in 1974, will be in the foreground.
A Netflix-hosted mini-documentary from last year, “Speed Cubers” followed the friendship between two resolution scholars who faced off at the 2019 World Cube Association World Championships.
The brand of colored cubes has been licensed to Ideal Toy Corp. in 1980 and has been sold over 350 million times, including to a young Amritraj.
“I have had a personal and nostalgic connection to the Rubik’s Cube since my beginnings in India,” Amritraj said in a statement, adding that he was eager to create a “complex Rubik’s universe”.