We’ve known of the existence of a Borderlands movie since 2015, but like with many video game movies, it has taken a long time for anything to really materialize. However, the movie is still going forward and it has been announced by The Hollywood Reporter that Lionsgate has chosen Eli Roth to direct with the script written by Craig Mazin.
Eli Roth is responsible for the first two Hostel movies as well as the Death Wish remake and The House With a Clock in Its Walls. Mazin recently came into prominence following his Emmy award-winning script in HBO’s Chernobyl. Roth said, “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.”
It certainly sounds like Roth might make a decent pick for a director, but we all know the curse of video game movies and Borderlands can be a very tricky franchise to make a film adaptation from. I can see the characters and explosive stunts in my head already, but if the signature humour falls flat, it can mean absolute disaster. We’ll have to wait and see if this will be yet another casualty on the long list of video game movie mess-ups.