May 17, 2022

Borderlands Movie: Eli Roth To Direct

Eli Roth Borderlands

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.

“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. 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. Randy Pitchford and everyone at Gearbox have been incredibly supportive of my ideas – it really feels like a perfect storm of creators coming together. We 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.”

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.

We gave Borderlands 3 a 7.8 when it released on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC in September.


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