Last August, the news broke that Lionsgate was set to head up a Borderlands movie adaptation. The Hunger Games and Divergent studio will take the Gearbox tale to the big screen, and until now that’s pretty much all we’ve known about the latest journey from controller to cinema.
We now have confirmed names for screenwriter and producer on the project. Aaron Berg (Section 6 – upcoming) will be penning the adaptation and the feature will be produced by Arad Productions, best known for their super hero flavours. The choice of producer is promising – Arad also have Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted movies in the pipeline We also have confirmation that the movie will take place on Pandora, and have been promised an “edgy, r-rated take” on the original successful game series.
It’s becoming more and more popular for successful video game franchises to make the transition to the film industry. Despite the devastatingly awful adaptations we’ve had in the past, it seems that video game inspired movies are maturing and beginning to add value to a series, rather than being a last ditch attempt to bring a game’s sales up. We don’t know this for sure. The latest generation of ‘mature’ video game adaptations are still in production, though Michael Fassbender’s appearance in Assassin’s Creed, and JJ Abrams behind the Portal and Half-Life movies bode well.