Anyone who's played the Borderlands games knows they're full of lewd content and gratuitous amounts of violence, so it seems fitting that a horror director will be taking the helm on the first film adaptation of the popular 2K first-person shooters.
Deadline reports today that Eli Roth has signed on to direct Borderlands for Lionsgate with production slated to begin later this year!
"Borderlands is set in the distant future, in which four Vault Hunters travel to the distant planet Pandora to hunt down an alien vault, rumored to contain advanced alien technology. The hunters find themselves battling the local wildlife and bandit population, but ultimately attempt to stop the head of a private corporation army from reaching the vault first."
"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," said 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."
Although Roth may have deviated from the horror genre with his last two directorial efforts, The House with a Clock in Its Walls and Death Wish, both featured horror elements and were entertaining enough. Let's hope he can get back to the humorous and gory insanity of films like Cabin Fever and Hostel.
Two-time Emmy-winner Craig Mazin ("Chernobyl") wrote the first draft of the screenplay. Avi and Ari Arad are producing Borderlands produce through their Arad Productions banner with Erik Feig through his Picturestart.
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