Fans of Gearbox's manic, gun-obsessed world have a new
project to look forward to.
Variety reports that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to
Borderlands and is working on a film with father-son producing combo Avi and
Ari Arad. The duo has extensive experience working on comic-book movies including
Iron Man, Spider-Man, and X-Men.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says the
partnership is "…ideally positioned to create a bold, provocative,
no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight Borderlands current
legions of fans and captivate moviegoers around the world."
No other information or timeline has been given.
Borderlands isn't the most outlandish video game IP to adapt into a film (we're looking at you, Minecraft), but it does have some hurdles. The movie will have to differentiate itself from Mad Max (an obvious inspiration for the series), come up with a more-interesting storyline, and figure out how to translate the bombastic action and comic-book aesthetic into (what I'm assuming is) live-action. None of those challenges are impossible to overcome, but given the inherent difficulty of adapting games to film, it won't be an easy task.