Director Eli Roth has signed for a film version of Gearbox’s Borderlands games, participate Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and producers Avi and Ari Arad. Roth offered few details about the project, which has been in the works since 2015. He celebrated the news tweet a picture of his face cropped on one of Borderlands“ shirtless and heavily muscled “psycho” bandits.
In a press release quoted by Deadline, Roth said he looks forward to “bringing [his] own energy, ideas and vision for the wild, fun and endless creative world of the game. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Nathan Kahane explained that “with Eli’s vision and Craig’s scenario, we believe we have cracked the code for bringing the anarchist world of Borderlands to the big screen in a big way that becomes a fresh, compelling and cinematic event for cinema visitors and fans of the game. “Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford is also an executive producer of the film and Roth calls him and others at Gearbox” incredibly supportive of my ideas. “
The quotes seem to be aimed at promising that Borderlands the film is recognizable directed by Roth – known for ultra-violent horror-like Inn or The green hell and his role in that of Quentin Tarantino Non-glorious bastards – but also tonal consistent with Borderlands, a bloody yet colorful and ridiculous shooting series.
Borderlands is set in an apocalyptic world ruled by ruthless companies and Mad Max cosplayers. Furthermore, a film adaptation could be almost anything. I’m a fan of the series, but hardly remember the plot of the original game: you’re an adventurer who hunts some kind of alien treasure called a Vault, people want to kill you, and the rest is usually a blur. However, the smaller missions and later games are remarkably weird and the creators have a talent for designing vivid characters. While the main trilogy is non-stop shootouts and looting, a point and click adventure game proved that you can explore other aspects of the world – or maybe Roth just wants to drag some vault hunters with a buzz ax.