Lionsgate has attached Eli Roth to direct the long-gestating Borderlands movie. An adaptation of Gearbox’s looter-shooter has been in various stages of development since 2015.
A press release from Lionsgate broke the news on the 20th of February. Eli Roth is perhaps most notable for directing the gruesome slasher film Hostel. He also appeared as Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.
Also revealed in the press release, “Chernobyl“s Craig Mazin will write the script. Aaron Berg was previously reported to be writing the script in 2016.
Roth will join Spider-Man producer Avi Arad, as well as Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, who will be executive producing.
In regards to the project, Roth made the following statement.
Roth’s other directing credits include Cabin Fever, Knock Knock, Death Wish and The House with A Clock in its Walls. Borderlands is rumoured to be aiming for an R rating, in keeping with the tone of the franchise.
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