Hot on the heels of the box office success of the Sonic the Hedgehog film comes word that one of the most popular first-person shooters out there, Borderlands, will be getting a movie iteration – and Eli Roth will be directing it.
This much was recently revealed by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Other information about the film included production by Avi Arad and a script from the Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin.
In a statement to the press about his involvement with the Borderlands film, Roth said: “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.”
Aforementioned Gearbox CEO Pitchford will be listed as an executive producer on the film alongside Take-Two’s Strauss Zelnick. More information about the Eli Roth Borderlands movie is expected at PAX East on February 27th in Boston, Massachusetts.
No word on a potential release window for the film as of yet, though we expect it will be sooner rather than later.
As mentioned in the beginning, the recent success of Sonic might be the beginning of a string of game-to-film adaptations coming our way in the coming years.
Often seen as a common extension of the gaming universe, the history of taking games to film is a rough one. Yet, this has changed in current years, and the profitability of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown companies around the world the profitability of mining their creative IP in unique ways.
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