Borderlands: The Movie Is In The Works

The latest video game franchise to be snapped up by Hollywood is 2K’s Borderlands, which will now become a tentpole movie for Lionsgate.

“Part of our strategy in entering the game space under Peter Levin has been to source new brands with built-in audiences that will translate into great films and television shows,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “The ‘Borderlands’ games don’t pull any punches, and we’ll make the movie with the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise.”

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The movie will be produced by Avi Arad, previously responsible for Iron Man, Spider Man, The Amazing Spider Man, X-Men, Blade and, uhm, Ghost Rider. Can’t win them all I guess.  He is also the man trying to get the Uncharted movie off the ground.

No dates were given for the movie but I would place bets on Borderlands III being out before it’s cinematic counterpart.

Source: Variety

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9 Comments

  1. gearbox took a movie property and treated it like shit, would it be ironic if Lionsgate took a gearbox ip and treated that the same way they treated Aliens?

  2. Yay! More movies based on games. They always end up being so good.

  3. Hmm, a Gear Box production is having a film made. I wonder if it will take 12 years to produce and then get outsourced to a small studio to use as a scapegoat instead of doing it themselves?

    I can’t see a Borderlands film working unless it is done in the same style as Borderlands and well, it’s kinda best if the franchise remains as games only.

    • I’ve seen others suggest this already, but…

      Richar Linklater’s very odd A Scanner Darkly (based on one of Philip K Dick’s books, which are all wonderfully odd anyway) is exactly the way a Borderlands film should look. All filmed normally, and then just drawn over giving it an interesting look somewhere between live action and “proper” animation.

      Has the added benefit of being cheaper, I guess. And if you get an actor who can’t be arsed learning his lines (as Robert Downey Jr allegedly did), you can stick them on post-it notes and animate over them later. Saving more time and money.

      Of course, a film based on a game won’t do anything that clever and it’ll end up being shit. What’s Uwe Boll up to these days? ;)

      • we don’t mention the B word around here. ^_^

      • It’s only if you say his name 5 times in front of a mirror that you have trouble.

        Then he appears with a script for a terrible film and/or tax scam. Or challenges you to a boxing match.

      • Then proceeds to tell everyone to eff off for not funding his crap project on kickstarter and then retires! :D

  4. Of course it is.

    I don’t see how it could possibly translate well into the film media, it would just be akward.

    2K sits on Mafia, Bioshock, Spec Ops: The Line and Xcom, all franchises that could maybe, just maybe, if done right, translate well to film. And they go with Borderlands.

  5. Just please do NOT put Tom Hardy in it. These days it is as if he is in every-single-thing out there. I hated him in TDKR, his Bane character was just…terrible in my opinion. Maybe not completly his fault.
    I liked him in the new Mad Max but I guess he doesn’t really talk in that one so I think that is why I was okay with him.

    Handsome Jack will be played by Cumberbatch definetly. Can absolutely see it.

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