Hollywood has been doubling down on making video game movies recently, as they prepare to release a string of flicks with blockbuster aspirations. This week will see the return of the Tomb Raider franchise. While next month The Rock jumps back into the sub-genre with the big-screen adaptation of the classic arcade game Rampage. Who recently proved that the video game formula can find success in theaters, following the surprise billion-dollar success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle this past winter.
Well, we are happy to report that these are far from the only game-to-movie projects on the horizon, as executives have more plans on the whiteboard for the near future. Lionsgate has been looking for a new property to fill the blockbuster-sized void left by The Hunger Games trilogy and it seems that they have hopes that taking a trip to the Borderlands may be the answer.
Our sources have clued us in that the studio has been quietly developing the hit 2009 game into a movie for some time, with producer Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) overseeing the development and screenwriter Oren Uriel (The Cloverfield Paradox) being the latest scribe to take a crack at the project, who will take over scripting duties from Aaron Berg (G.I. Joe 3).
The game follows a collection of misfits who scavenge an alien mining colony that is full of futuristic weapons and truly bizarre characters. The movie adaptation is being developed as an R-rated science-fiction comedy, with the producers shooting for a tone that crosses Mad Max: Fury Road with Guardians of the Galaxy, which seems like a perfect approach for the source material. However, with a project this ambitious, it will need a director who has the vision to match the ambition.
Apparently, playing with your Legos does pay off as director Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie) has been attached to some curiously intriguing projects in recent times, including Nightwing and Dungeo
While we don’t have many of the story details, it seems that many of the fan-favorite characters will be making it to the big screen. We have managed to get our eyes on the most recent casting breakdown for the film and it seems that fans of the game will be pleased. Currently, the film will feature characters such as Sir Hammerlock, Mad Moxxi, and the built-for-merchandising robot Clap-Trap. Check them out:
CLAY STANITOVSKI – Lead
He’s older, wearier, but not necessarily wiser. You could cut together a lengthy montage of bosses, landlords, and ex-girlfriends all calling him a motherf****. Clay loves his brother Joe and has always looked after him, but has never had faith in his brother’s alien beliefs. After seeing Eva’s powers, Clay questions what he knows and ultimately changes his selfish ways in order to work with the team and save the planet.
EVA – Supporting Lead
Piercing grey eyes and a permanent fatalistic smirk. Eva like to play up this “lady of mystery” persona – but really she just doesn’t have a clue who she and refuses to let anyone else figure it out first. As a child, she found it hard to get close to people, particularly on a planet this chaotic. This was all exacerbated when she hit puberty and found herself inexplicably in possession of superpowers (as well as a wicked body tattoo). At the end of the story, Eva finally manages to temper her reckless con-artist proclivities with something substantial — faith in herself. She’ll always be a little wild but she’s no longer beguiling tricks and emotional distance to hide herself away.
CLAP-TRAP – Supporting Lead
Male (Voice Over)
Joe’s one eyed robot that looks like a gas pump on wheels. Clap-Trap was created to be the most helpful, loyal and positive robot built. They came close. He’s needy and self-delusional and desperately wants friends but has a terrible tendency to overcompensate by “negging” potential companions (like calling them “minion”). Clap-trap seems like a lost cause but he may surprise you…
KRIEG – Supporting
A “psycho” who immediately falls in love with Eva. He follows her and protects her from any threat and is so persistent that Eva begins to take a liking towards him. Especially because he has a speech problem and only says the random and weird things.
JACK DAHL – Supporting
A bloated narcissist, a fearless leader from the rear, a spoiled brat who generally gets everything he wants and when he doesn’t, throws a tantrum worthy of a four-year old meth addict. He blows.
SIR HAMMERLOCK – Supporting
Half man, half machine. Picture the Terminator after he’s had some of his skin ripped off. Now unpicture that and picture your eighth grade science teacher with one cyborg eye and a metallic prosthetic arm.
MAD MOXXI – Supporting
The buxom, bustiered Madam at the Moxxi Red Light brothel. She aids the team’s quest to find the vault key, helping them escape Roland’s men and devising plans for the attack on Dahl.
DR. PATRICIA TANNIS – Supporting
Knee high boots, fingerless gloves and a pair of green goggle resting on her forehead. Tannis owns a compound out in No Man’s Land that Clay and crew use as a safe haven.
The wheels are clearly moving on the project and it will be interesting to see how the pending releases of Tomb Raider and Rampage affect the future of Borderlands. Fortunately, we will find out soon and are there is a lot more to come on this project.