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 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.
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featured image via Gearbox Software and 2K Games
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. 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.