As always, videogames and comic books remain fertile ground for film studios to mine — and the hit first-person shooter Borderlands seems to be next in line.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate is partnering with Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad to adapt the popular videogame into a big-budget, “tentpole” sci-fi film. The first game hit shelves in 2009 and has spawned a handful of sequels in the years since. The game itself is set on an alien planet, where several different factions are vying for an ancient vault filled with alien weapons. Users play as an explorer on a mission to find the mysterious vault.
In a statement, Arad noted the game features a “unique story-driven narrative energy and rich multi-dimensional characters,” which should translate well to the big screen. It’s definitely a rich sci-fi tale, and with the right creative team could certainly work as a feature film. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said they’ve conceived the project as a “tentpole” for a global audience, meaning a big budget and a big bet for box-office glory.
What’s your take on the deal? Could Borderlands be the next huge sci-fi epic?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)