It’s not a completely original venture to adapt video games into fully fledged films. We’ve seen a fair few hit the movie screens; from the likes of disappointing sci-fi horror ‘Doom’, the nightmare that did not quite live up to its high expectations ‘Silent Hill’, the critically panned ‘Hitman: Agent 47‘ to probably the most successful female lead action film of all time ‘Tomb Raider’ (though it’s not like the competition were particularly far-reaching)
Telltale Games very own ‘Borderlands’ is the next video game to be brought to the big screens. Known for adapting TV shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ into story-driven comic book style games it seem Lionsgate is looking to bring ‘Borderlands’ the episodic adventure to life with two of the producers, one of which is know to be behind some of Marvel’s great successes: Ari and Avi Arad.
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Borderlands is an action roleplaying game where players choose to play as one of four classes; Lilith the Siren, Mordecai the Hunter, Brick the Berserker, and Roland the Soldier. You earn experience by killing and completing challenges. The character can wield various weapons and items that can be looted throughout the game . The game supports solo play as well as a cooperative mode.
“The game is set on the planet Pandora, contested by bandits, mercenaries of interstellar corporations, dangerous wildlife and, eventually, eldritch alien abominations. As a “Vault Hunter”, guided by the mysterious “Guardian Angel”, the player is searching for a fabled vault full of alien loot, which requires them to kill a lot of all of the above. Borderlands is characterized by its offbeat humor and a comics-like, cel-shaded art style.”
Although Lionsgate’s gaming adaptation experience is not something worth boasting about they have recently hired CEO of Nerdist Industries, Peter Levin, to head up its current video-game ventures.
“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,”
– Lionsgate co-chairman Rob Friedman
Leigh Whannells is rumoured to be in talks with the studio to direct the film, the premise is as follows: “When a nearby star’s gravitational pull unearths horrifying alien creatures hidden deep below the surface, the surviving colonists retreat to a vault rumored to contain advanced alien technology”