Eli Roth Announced As Borderlands Director - Comic Years
Comic Years Logo

Eli Roth Announced As Borderlands Director

author img
BY February 21, 2020

Although its production was originally reported almost 5 years ago, there is finally forward movement on the Borderlands movie. Eli Roth, known best for his horror flicks, will be the Borderlands director. Here’s what you need to know and what we know so far.

Who is Borderlands Director Eli Roth?

Eli Roth Borderlands Eli Roth and an unknown costar in Inglourious Basterds ; image via Lantern Entertainment

A graduate of the NYU film school, Roth’s first major feature film was 2003’s Cabin Fever. The movie, which is about a group of vacationing college kids who contract a flesh-eating virus, garnered mixed reviews. Hostel, Roth’s second feature, got only slightly better reviews from critics, but cemented his reputation amongst horror fans. Some critics, like David Edelstein of New York magazine, named the movie a prime example of “torture porn” horror movies. However, to genre fans it was, as Aaron Hillis wrote in his Premiere magazine review, “A thrilling high-water mark for an inherently dumb sub-genre, and that’s only back-handed praise to those who wouldn’t have even considered buying a ticket.”

While he’s continued directing and producing movies, Roth has been unable to repeat the success of Hostel, which took in just under $81 million worldwide. Nevertheless, it’s clear that in the wake of Sonic’s success–not to mention Rampage and that Detective Pikachu film–that Lionsgate hopes that video game movies are back, baby!

In addition to his work behind the camera, Roth has also appeared as an actor in several movies. Most notably, he played the role of Donny Donowitz, the “Bear Jew,” in Inglourious Basterds.

In Case You Missed It: What to Know about Borderlands

First of all, we’re not going to get into the weeds on the details. Just the facts, ma’am. And they are: Borderlands, a sci-fi/action game, is essentially a first-person shooter. You choose your player, one of the Vault Hunters on the planet Pandora, and then you quest your heart out. You try to hunt those vaults, while fighting off people and creatures who really want to stop you.

There have been four editions of the game, including one prequel. They’ve been extremely popular, with the franchise earning over a billion in profits. And they’re available on all major platforms.

Okay, But How Will Eli Roth Turn Borderlands Into a Movie?

Astonishingly, Craig Mazin, who created the critically-acclaimed (and devastating) series Chernobyl, wrote the script. Of course, that’s not really that astonishing, especially when you remember that he wrote The Hangover sequels (and two Scary Movies.). So, he contains multitudes. And Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane agrees, saying in a statement, “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.”

Beyond that, we have no idea what the story is or which game’s storyline, if any, it will follow. But we’ll find out soon enough. Production will begin some time later this year.

Are you excited to see Borderlands become a movie? Do you think Eli Roth is a good pick or do you have another preference? Tell us on social media or let us know in the comments below.

featured image via Gearbox Software and 2K Games


Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

BorderlandsEli RothMovies

Leave a comment


MoviesTV Shows
The History of Tom and Jerry – A Hanna-Barbera Classic

One of the many films releasing in 2021 stars a cat and mouse you might recognize. The upcoming film is directed by Tim Story and written by Kevin Costello. You might know the characters however […]

BY Taylor Bauer January 6, 2021
Worst Video Game Launches – How to Ruin a Beloved Series

There’s nothing like the excitement behind a new video game. Think about a game you’re really looking forward to playing in 2020. You probably wait for every little news piece with anticipation. I know I […]

BY Taylor Bauer February 24, 2020
Retro Review: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

I recently felt inclined to start celebrating Fall when temperatures dropped in the Midwest. Sure, it’s early September and next week’s highs are in the 80s, but it’s Halloween in my heart now. Nobody can […]

BY Taylor Bauer September 4, 2020

Rail Ad Editorial Content

Rail Ad