Live-action film adaptations of video game franchises are difficult to do. Video games routinely pull off stuff that doesn't always translate to movies. Not to mention, you're never quite sure how the movie will do with casual audiences who know next to nothing (or indeed nothing at all) about the source material.
This is why there's a long list of video game movie adaptations that either bombed at the box office or were not received well critically.
With an ensemble cast that features the likes of Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Hart, among others, the expectations for the upcoming Borderlands movie are incredibly high.
Thankfully, the director, Eli Roth, seems to think that it caters to everybody.
The upcoming Borderlands movie won't just be for fans
Understandably, video game movies are made for their fans.
However, Borderlands isn't Mortal Kombat. It hasn't been a mainstay in pop culture for decades. Borderlands isn't as recognizable outside gaming circles.
So, it definitely helps when Eli Roth, the director of the Borderlands movie, described the feature-length film as something that audiences who have never played the Borderlands games can still enjoy when he spoke to Collider.
Of course, the new Borderlands movie is still something that fans of the franchise will enjoy best. However, it's nice to hear the director talk about it being made so that everyone can enjoy it. Even in a world where the video game industry has been seeing unprecedented success, not everyone is a gamer.
The success of the movie also hinges on whether it can draw in new audiences. The more people that come to see to watch the Borderlands movie, the more likely that we're going to see follow-up movies.
Speaking of follow-ups, a spin-off on the Borderlands games, Tiny Tina's Wonderland, was recently confirmed. The game will heavily revolve around the titular character, Tiny Tina. In the movie adaptation, she will be portrayed by Ariana Greenblatt, who appeared in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War as Young Gamora.
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