'Borderlands' is Coming to the Big Screen, To Be Directed by Eli Roth
While the 'Borderlands' movie was actually announced way back in 2015, it's been stuck in developmental hell long enough that the confirmation of a director is certainly welcome news.
Lionsgate has revealed that Eli Roth, best known for horror flicks such as Hostel and Cabin Fever, will be directing the 'Borderlands' movie.
“I’m so excited to dive into the world of Borderlands and I could not be doing it with a better script, producing team, and studio. I have a long, successful history with Lionsgate – I feel like we have grown up together and that everything in my directing career has led to a project of this scale and ambition. I look forward to bringing my own energy, ideas, and vision to the wild, fun, and endlessly creative world of the game. Randy Pitchford and everyone at Gearbox have been incredibly supportive of my ideas – it really feels like a perfect storm of creators coming together. We are out to make a new classic, one which the fans of the game will love, but also one which will find new audiences globally.”
Apart from Roth, other big names working on the title are producers Avi and Ari Arad - best known for their work with Marvel - and scriptwriter Craig Mazin, who was responsible for 'Chernobyl'.
Details of the plot and script remain unknown, and it will be interesting to see how the movie pans out; although much of Borderlands' charm lies in the quirky characters and wacky dystopian setting, we find it hard to imagine how they would translate the 'shoot and loot' factor into cinematic form. After all, is it really Borderlands without a bajillion guns?