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Eli Roth heads into the “BORDERLANDS” for Lionsgate

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The long-in-the-works film version of the hit video game series is finally going forward with the HOSTEL honcho at the helm.

Variety reports that Eli Roth will direct the BORDERLANDS movie for Lionsgate and producers Avi and Ari Arad and Erik Feig. Emmy winner Craig Mazin (CHERNOBYL) is the latest writer on the film, based on the Gearbox/Take-Two Interactive first-person shooter games in which players go on missions and battle human and alien enemies on the planet Pandora.

“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,” Roth says. “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. I look forward to bringing my own energy, ideas and vision to the wild, fun, and endlessly creative world of the game.”

Adds Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane, “With Eli’s vision and Craig’s screenplay, we believe we have cracked the code on bringing the anarchic world of BORDERLANDS to the big screen in a big way that will be a fresh, compelling and cinematic event for moviegoers and fans of the game.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.