Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games and The Day After Tomorrow, has found a writer for its upcoming movie based on Gearbox’s Borderlands game series (via. GameSpot). The Hollywood Reporter states that Aaron Berg will be heading the script- who is also involved on upcoming British spy movie Section 6 and GI Joe 3.
Announced in August last year, the movie has been described to have “the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise,” according to Lionsgate chairs Rob Friedman and Rob Wachsberger.
The film will be produced by Arad Productions, a company best known for its involvement with the Iron Man, Spider-Man and X-Men films. According to The Reporter, the “edgy” movie is expected to be R-Rated, with some describing it as “Mad Max in space”. The claim is supported by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, who claims the film will “probably” be rated R.
Earlier this year, Pitchford told GI.Biz that despite Borderlands’ popularity, he was worried that the franchise hadn’t reached its potential.
” I worry that we’ve reached a ceiling with how many folks that we can reach in the video games (space). I think there’s a lot more people out there that would be excited about such a premise if they only knew it existed.”
He went on to say that Gearbox’s deal with Lionsgate and Arad Productions was “really an interesting angle”, and that he has faith in both companies to bring the sci-fi shooter to the silver screen whilst staying faithful to the series. As of yet, there’s been no word of a release date, or who will be directing the film.
In addition, Gearbox has said that it has begun early work on Borderlands 3, although Pitchford claimed at PAX that that might not be the game’s official title.
The next big video game movie to release will be Duncan Jones’ Warcraft, a new poster for which was revealed at PAX East this weekend. That movie releases June 10. If you’re native to the UK, the Ratchet and Clank movie based on the weapon-heavy platformer is scheduled to hit cinemas on April 29.