Eli Roth, known for Cabin Fever, Hostel, and The House with a Clock in Its Walls, will soon be tackling a video game adaptation.
Roth has signed up to direct a big-screen adaptation of first-person shooter franchise Borderlands, one of the best-selling game franchises of all time. The Gearbox Software-developed game series has sold over 45 million copies of its first game, over 22 million of its second, and over 8 million of the third, which was released last September.
Set in the distant future, Borderlands follows a team of “Vault Hunters” that travel to a distant planet in search of an alien vault that is said to hold advanced alien tech. The team soon find themselves taking on bandits and dangerous local wildlife as they verse the head of a private corporation to reach 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,” Roth said in a statement.
“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.”
Roth added that he and the team “are out to make a new classic, one which the fans of the game will love, but also one which will find new audiences globally.”
The latest draft of the screenplay (Lionsgate has been developing the project since 2015) comes from Craig Mazin, whose credits include The Hangover Part II, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and who took home two Emmy awards for the phenomenal HBO mini-series Chernobyl (which he created).
“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,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President Nathan Kahane.
Production on the Borderlands movie is set to begin later this year.