Eli Roth To Direct Lionsgate’s BORDERLANDS Adaptation
Lionsgate just announced that Eli Roth (Hostel, The House with a Clock in Its Walls) is set to helm their adaptation of Gearbox Software’s bestselling video game Borderlands. Better yet, the latest draft of the screenplay is written by Emmy-winning screenwriter Craig Mazin (Chernobyl).
The film’s executive producers are Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise and founder of Gearbox Software, and Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive. Avi Arad, Ari Arad, and Erik Feig produce.
Roth said in a statement: “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 has 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.”
President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and Erin Westerman, President of Motion Picture Production, Nathan Kahane says: “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.”
Pitchford said: “I’m incredibly proud we can bring this beloved video game to theaters 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.”
James Myers is overseeing the project for Lionsgate, Emmy Yu for Arad Productions, and Lucy Kitada for PICTURESTART. Production will begin on the film later this year.
Borderlands is one of the world’s most successful video game franchises, with more than 57 million units sold-in worldwide, including over 22 million units of Borderlands 2. More than one million players every month still play Borderlands 2. The most recent installment, Borderlands 3, was unleashed in September 2019, and has already sold-in nearly 8 million units worldwide and was honored with the award for Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom.