Borderlands is coming to the big screen, thanks to a deal put together by a Lionsgate team led by President of Interactive Ventures & Games Peter Levin, Summit Entertainment President of Production Geoff Shaevitz, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President of Business & Legal Affairs Patricia Laucella. Don’t those titles make this project sound massively important? Well, considering how well game movie adaptations go, and the loyalty of Borderlands‘ fans, it kinda is a big deal.
Who else is behind this project? Try on the father-and-son team of Avi Arad (Spider-Man, Iron Man) and Ari Arad as producers!
Here’s what Avi and Arad have had to say about the project:
We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Jon Feltheimer, Michael Burns, Rob, Patrick, and the amazing team at Lionsgate and join forces with Take-Two and Gearbox on this incredible property. Borderlands has a unique story-driven narrative energy and rich multidimensional characters that position it to become a singular motion picture event.
Said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger:
We believe that we’ve brought together the right partners, the ideal creative team and the perfect property to launch a new motion picture tent-pole for a global audience. Part of our strategy in entering the game space under Peter Levin has been to source new brands with built-in audiences that will translate into great films and television shows. 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.
The first Borderlands game was released in 2009, with a sequel in 2012, and a prequel in 2014. The first game was described as:
In a distant future, the planets at the outer edges of the galaxy have become a beacon to fortune seekers and those yearning for a better life off world. But there are no guarantees in deep space. Pandora, one of these distant planets, was reported to be rich in untapped mineral wealth, and so drew many hoping to get rich quick, but in the end little was found beyond the scattered ruins of a past alien civilization. With nothing to gain, any who could soon abandoned Pandora, leaving those who remained to deal with the lawlessness of a world gone bust, and the mystery of the long-dead alien civilization. But as chaotic as these times were, there were worse days yet to come. After several years the planet’s huge orbit slowly brought it near to its sun and once unknown and horrifying creatures sprang from their long hibernation to terrify the stranded colonists. The only hope of the colonists seems to be a vault discovered in the side of a mountainside, rumored to contain alien technology and secrets about Pandora.
Rock Hard \m/