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Eli Roth heads to 'Borderlands'

Lionsgate has plans to head to Borderlands. The studio announced today that Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) is set to helm a big screen adaptation of the bestselling PC and console gaming experience from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K. He joins a team led by father and son producers Avi and Ari Arad, who produce through their Arad Productions banner alongside PICTURESTART‘s Erik Feig. The latest draft for the Borderlands movie hails from two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter Craig Mazin (Chernobyl).

“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,” said Nathan Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, who made the announcement alongside Erin Westerman, President of Motion Picture Production for the studio.

 “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,” adds Roth. “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.”

“I’m incredibly proud we can bring this beloved video game to theaters for our fans around the world,” says Pitchford. “Eli and Craig, already accomplished and remarkable visionaries, will be amazing stewards of Gearbox’s innovative Borderlands characters and stories.”

One of the world’s most successful video game franchises, more than 57 million Borderlands units have sold worldwide, including over 22 million units of Borderlands 2. More than one million players every month still play the 2012 entry Borderlands 2. The most recent installment, Borderlands 3, was released in September 2019, and has already sold nearly 8 million units worldwide. The game was also honored with the award for Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom.

Production on the Borderlands movie is expected to begin later this year. Check back for updates on the project as they become available.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.

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