Lionsgate has Borderlands movie in development


We’re hot of the heels of getting our first peak at Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie and now we have more news of a gaming franchise adaptation. Lionsgate has announced that it’s developing a Borderlands movie. No word on anything yet, but Ari Arad, who produced the newer Spider-Man films and has Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted and Mass Effect movies slowly moving forward is producing this one as well. If his other gaming properties are any indication we probably won’t be seeing this any time soon.

Still, Borderlands offers up some awesome science fiction movie fodder. It’s both comical and action packed and the premise of a bunch of stranded weirdos on a planet covered in monsters slowly spiraling towards death as they hunt for a treasure is a good one. We already know that the Borderlands universe can handle some impressive narrative thanks to the games being strong in that department and the Telltale spin-offs rocking. This could really work, especially if the hire some of second game’s writers

Plenty of questions still on this, though. Will the visual look be adapted from the game or will they go straight live action? Will we get an R-rating so it can be the film that a Borderlands should be. Will they do the right thing and hire George Miller to direct since he influenced the entire aesthetic of their game and then made a movie that was basically Borderlands anyway. 

Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Flixist. He has worked as a critic for more than a decade, reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.