Variety is reporting that Lionsgate is developing a tentpole movie based on the video game Borderlands with producers Avi and Ari Arad.
Borderlands was launched in 2009, and is a role-playing first person shooter created and developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K label. More than 26 million copies of the game have been shipped worldwide, including 8 million during Take-Tow’s 2015 fiscal year, which ended March 31.
Lionsgate made a major push last year into video games when it named Nerdist Industries CEO Peter Levin as President of interactive Ventyres and games. “Part of out strategy in entering the game space under Peter Levin has been to source new brands with built-in audiences that will translate into great films and television shows,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “ The Borderlands games don’t pull any punches and we’ll make the movie with the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise” Check out the full story here
Borderlands is set on the planet of Pandora. Prior to the events of the game, one of the other mega-corporations, the Atlas Corporation, found an ancient vault on nearby planet of Promethea, filled with advanced alien weapons technology that allowed them to rapidly overtake their competitors.
Borderlands is not the first game to get the Hollywood treatment as video games have bee sources of material for Hollywood for years from the Supper Mario Bros to Tom Raider, and more recently Assassin’s Creed Staring Michael Fassbender.