Borderlands is the next popular video game set to get a big screen adaptation, and horror movie director Eli Roth has been tapped to helm the project.
Despite the difficulty in producing critically and commercially successful video game adaptations, Hollywood is always on the hunt for its next one.
However, with the recent surprise success of Sonic and the long-gestating Uncharted adaptation starring Tom Holland looking like it finally may have its legs under it, it seems like Hollywood is making another go at video game adaptations.
The next popular video game to make its way to the big screen is Borderlands, the first-person shooter PC-console game that has sold more than 57 million units worldwide.
Though originally announced in 2015, Lionsgate has just only just recently appointed Eli Roth as director of the film. Roth is best known for directing gore horror films Cabin Fever and the Hostel. Borderlands will be based on a script written by Emmy-winning Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and produced by Into The Spider-Verse producer Avi Arad, along with Ari Arad, and Erik Feig.
Set in the distant future, Borderlands follows four “Vault Hunters” who travel to the planet Pandora to hunt down an alien vault which is rumored to contain advanced alien technology. In their pursuit of the vault, the hunters must battle local wildlife and bandits. Their ultimate goal, however, is to stop the head of a private corporate army from reaching the vault first.
Eli Roth was enthusiastic about the project, saying, “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.”