The movie industry has slowly seen taking its steps into the video game realm. With the recent Hit Man: Agent 47 film, and the homage attempt that Pixels made to video games, it’s clear that Hollywood has its eyes set on gaming related films.
Now the film world has set its eyes on adapting Borderlands. A Borderlands movie will see to it that the destroyed world of Pandora will be brought to life on the silver screen by none other than Lionsgate.
Borderlands is a very popular first person role-playing game that was launched back in 2009. It was developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take Two’s Interactive Software’s 2K label and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The game’s main story is set on a desolate planet aptly named Pandora that was destroyed and abandoned by several huge corporations in the game’s world. It hosts a ton of characters, from the very unique vault hunters, to every character in the huge world of Pandora.
The producers have been announced to be Avi Arad, and his son Ari Arad. They have been involved in the production of other famous franchises such as Iron Man and the Spider-Man films.
Lucky for Borderlands fans, Avi Arad and his son have had a lot of experience with action films, and that’s what this movie will need. The action and array of weaponry in Borderlands is tremendous, and the game is infamous for its billions of usable guns. Telltale games has recently adapted the game into an episodic series with its Tales From the Borderlands, but can the world of Pandora really be properly turned into a film franchise?
With Lionsgate’s success with current franchises like the Hunger Games and even the Divergent films, they are taking huge steps with taking on video game franchises. Take Two Interactive Chairman and CEO shined light on the partnership by saying:
Lionsgate has emerged as a major creative force in the global marketplace with an incredible portfolio of brands; our partners at Gearbox have pioneered and cultivated an iconic property; and Avi and Ari Arad are two of the most successful producers of action franchises.
The game itself has a huge allegiance of followers; even today players are still venturing the depths of Pandora. With such a huge game like this, comes a lot of expectation. Gearbox has confirmed the film on its Facebook page, and an outcry of fans have arisen with a combination of fear and excitement.
There is a lot of hope for this film. The game has the decor of a Mad Max world, and the action of a Michael Bay film. Combined with its crazy roster of characters, from the infamous psychos who eat flesh on the game’s cover to a little girl with a keen taste on explosives, only time will tell if this franchise can be brought to life. For now, the Borderlands community just wishes Lionsgate and its partners luck, treading Borderlands is no place for no hero.