Eli Roth to direct adaptation of Borderlands
Eli Roth is to direct a big-screen adaptation of hit video game franchise Borderlands.
Borderlands has sold over 57 million copies across three releases as well as a series of spin-offs.
The game follows four Vault Hunters, who travel to the distant planet Pandora to hunt down an alien vault that they suspect to contain advanced alien technology.
The four hunters quickly find themselves battling the local wildlife and bandit population as they attempt to stop the head of a private army from reaching the vault first.
Speaking about the adaptation, Roth said: "I’m so excited to dive into the world of Borderlands and I could not be doing it with a better script, producing team, and studio. I have a long, successful history with Lionsgate — I feel like we have grown up together and that everything in my directing career has led to a project of this scale and ambition."
He continued: "I look forward to bringing my own energy, ideas, and vision to the wild, fun, and endlessly creative world of the game. Randy Pitchford and everyone at Gearbox have been incredibly supportive of my ideas — it really feels like a perfect storm of creators coming together. We are out to make a new classic, one which the fans of the game will love, but also one which will find new audiences globally."
Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin has written the script, with production expected to begin later this year.