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Eli Roth is directing a Borderlands movie based on the video game series


Lionsgate has announced that Eli Roth (Hostel, The House with a Clock in Its Walls) will direct a film adaptation of Borderlands, based on the action role-playing first-person shooter video games in a space western science fantasy setting from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K.

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. 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.”

Roth joins producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Erik Feig and Emmy-winning screenwriter Craig Mazin who wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay. There is currently no word on the plot for the film or which characters from the video games may appear.

“With Eli’s vision and Craig’s screenplay, we believe we have cracked the code on bringing the anarchic world of Borderlands to the big screen in a big way that will be a fresh, compelling and cinematic event for moviegoers and fans of the game,” added Nathan Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

Borderlands has sold over 57 million units sold-in worldwide, including over 22 million units of Borderlands 2. The most recent installment, Borderlands 3, was released in September 2019, and has already sold-in nearly 8 million units worldwide.

Production will begin on the film later this year.

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