The Borderlands video game looks to be getting a big-screen adaptation.
According to Variety, Lionsgate has started developing a tentpole picture based on the highly popular videogame developed by Gearbox Sofware.
Big-time producers Avi and Ari Arad, a father and son filmmaking team who have been involved with big franchises for Iron man and Spider-Man, and who are also attached to potential films based on Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted, will be producing the adaptation of the first-person shooter.
The 2009 video game, which was followed by Borderlands 2 in 2012, is set on Pandora (not to be confused with James Cameron’s world in Avatar), a wasteland containing alien technology wanted by many, and filled with plenty of dangerous alien wildlife to boot.
“The Borderlands games don’t pull any punches, and we’ll make the movie with the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise,” Variety quotes Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger as saying.
This “in-your-face attitude” is an angle that we’re hopeful means the film will be developed as a more adult-orientated picture, with violence and themes to work accordingly.
Take-Two Interactive Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick backs that up as well, saying that the film will be “a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight Borderlands current legions of fans.”
With video game movies still firmly in the good-idea-but-terrible-translation category of films, we’re itching at the bit for the day when we can actively say we’re excited for these adaptations. Assassin’s Creed is one we’ve got high hopes for, same goes for Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, so fingers crossed we’re on the way to a new era of actually good video game-to-film adaptations.