Variety reports the ridiculously fun first person shooter series Borderlands is in development as a feature film from producers Avi Arad and Ari Arad of Spider-Man fame and Lionsgate. According to the report, the project is part of an initiative by Lionsgate’s Peter Levin to develop future screen franchises from video game properties.
Take-Two Interactive chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick was quoted as saying, “This alliance is ideally positioned to create a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight Borderlands current legions of fans and captivate moviegoers around the world.”
In a statement quoted by Latino Review, the Arads added, “Borderlands has a unique story-driven narrative energy and rich multidimensional characters that position it to become a singular motion picture event.” It is currently unclear which of those multidimensional characters, like Handsome Jack and Clap Trap, will appear, but I imagine the basic premise of a group of misfits treasuring hunting on the insane, steampunk world of Pandora will remain.
Also unclear is the viability of game-to-screen adaptations. None have been particularly creatively or financially successful, with films like Super Mario Bros. and the oeuvre of Uwe Boll standing in infamy. I would very much like to see one succeed, so here’s to hoping Borderlands delivers a fun film in the future.