Many gaming aficionados have been looking forward to this month in anticipation of HBO's TV adaptation of the popular game, The Last of Us. Within all that noise, gamers might have missed some critical information about another huge big-budget game adaptation that's in development.
Back In 2015, it was announced that Borderlands, the popular action role-playing first-person looter shooter video game franchise, was getting a live-action film adaptation, and on June 22, 2021, filming was officially wrapped up. However, Deadline reveals the film is undergoing reshoots and Tim Miller has taken over the project from the original director, Eli Roth.
Roth departed from the project due to his involvement in Thanksgiving, a slasher film that was initially created by him as a parody trailer for Grindhouse but has since been promoted to a feature-length film. Although he remains involved with the Borderlands film, Roth turned over the production to Miller in what was described as an "amicable handing of the baton."
Created and produced by Gearbox, the live-action film will follow the story of Lilith, who's an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past who reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas. There, she forms an alliance with an unexpected team and battles alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power.
Chernobyl's Craig Mazin is attached to the project as the screenwriter, while Avi Arad and Erik Feig will serve as the executive producers. The cast also includes several notable actors, such as:
- Cate Blanchett as Lilith
- Kevin Hart as Roland
- Jack Black as Claptrap
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Patricia Tannis
- Florian Munteanu as Krieg
- Edgar Ramirez as Atlas
The popular game franchise has received critical acclaim and commercial success for its loot-driven multiplayer co-op gameplay and its sense of humor, and as of November 2022, more than 77 million copies of Borderlands games have been shipped, with 26 million from Borderlands 2. With a net revenue of a little over US$1 billion, Borderlands is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.
The film adaptation was scheduled to be released last year but no specific date was set. Test screenings were reportedly held on November 9 and audiences during Lionsgate's panel at last year's CinemaCon caught a one-minute-long exclusive footage but the public hasn't had a chance to catch a glimpse of the film yet.