Fans of Borderlands, its sequel, pre-sequel and Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands will know there is plenty of story hidden out in the sands of Pandora that have an action movie feel to them. Lionsgate have decided to tap into this world and form a film around it, which hopefully won’t fall under the curse of video game movies like Hitman: Agent 45.
Now that we know the film is coming, which game will it be based on? The original game featured a story that was very much inspired by Mad Max, it even featured a boss fight against “Mad Mel” so its obvious we can expect that kind of feel from it, maybe even touching on Fury Road. Arguably, Borderlands’ strongest characters are based on Borderlands 2 though, which expanded on the world of the Vault Hunters, taking them on a different path.
What we really need to know is what the story will be. We’ll need to be introduced to the Vault Hunters, and other characters that are part of that story. We’ll expect some version of Claptrap, Scooter of course, as well as Mad Moxxi, Doctor Zed and Marcus. These characters were included in the first game as well as Roland, Lilith, Mordecai and Brick. Again, this is assuming that we are looking at the first game as an introduction to Pandora and the Vault Hunters.
Lionsgate will be transforming Borderlands into a movie, with Avi Arad and Ari Arad as producers. Previous movies they have brought us include Iron Man, and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.
“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,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “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 big question is, can the out of control craziness of Borderlands be translated onto the big screen? As a huge fan of the franchise I hope so.
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