Horror film director and writer Eli Roth will helm the Borderlands movie. The news was confirmed by Lionsgate late Thursday after rumors circulated earlier in the day, stemming from a deleted tweet from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.
Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) joins Avi Arad (Blade), Ari Arad (Ghost Rider), and Erik Feig (Wrong Turn) on the film. Pitchford and Take-Two Interactive Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick will executive produce.
Following the news, Roth posted an update on Twitter and Instagram, saying that he is so excited to be a part of the Borderlands family, and that he can’t wait to see everyone on Pandora.
So excited to be part of the @Borderlands family! Thank you @GearboxOfficial @Lionsgate @DuvalMagic, @picturestart, Arad Productions and everyone for welcoming me in. See you on Pandora! pic.twitter.com/UspqIcoerF
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) February 20, 2020
In another later statement, Roth said the ambitious project comes at a good place in his career and that his relationship with Lionsgate is the perfect scenario to help bring the film to fruition.
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.
The Borderlands movie was first announced in 2015, but it has been in a sort of limbo ever since. The latest game in the FPS RPG franchise was Borderlands 3, which released in September 2019.
We mostly enjoyed the game, calling it “one of the best looter-shooter experiences on the market today. No other game can boast the amount of loot, nor the satisfaction of acquiring it all.”
Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the Borderlands franchise, including the now upcoming movie, as it breaks.