The sci-fi videogame is headed for the big screen.
Eli Roth is set to direct a feature-length film based on the popular first-person shooter game, Borderlands.
Set in a distant future, Borderlands follows four “Vault Hunters” who travel to the distant planet Pandora, to hunt down an alien vault that’s rumoured to contain advanced extra-terrestrial technology. The hunters find themselves fighting wildlife and the planet’s bandit population, but are ultimately trying to stop the head of a private corporation army from reaching the vault first.
The game series has sold over 57 million copies around the world, including over 22 million of Borderlands 2, which still routinely pulls more than one million players each month. The third instalment of the series was released last September, and has already sold more than 8 million units worldwide, and was named Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom.
Roth said of the project, “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.”
“I’m incredibly proud we can bring this beloved video game to theatres for our fans around the world. Eli and Craig, already accomplished and remarkable visionaries, will be amazing stewards of Gearbox’s innovative Borderlands characters and stories,” said Pitchford.
Production is set to begin on Borderlands later this year.