Strap on your duster jackets, folks, because it looks like Lionsgate is moving forward with their adaptation of the space western video game, BORDERLANDS. According to THR, the studio has hired Aaron Berg to pen the script for the flick. If you haven't heard of Mr. Berg, there's a reason for it. The writer is a relatively new talent who was hired to write G.I. JOE 3 around this time last year. His only other credit is that of a spec script called SECTION 6, which was purchased by Universal back in 2013.
Obviously this is an early step of many in the entire film production process. With films like WARCRAFT and ASSASSIN'S CREED on the horizon, Lionsgate is no doubt getting its ducks in a row for its own video game property in hopes that the aforementioned films will find a big audience. Back when the studio first nabbed the rights to the video game, most knew they'd sit on it for quite a while. Considering it's been less than a year, we should consider it a success that they're sending it to the script stage at this point.
“Part of our 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," Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said last August when the film's acquisition was first announced. "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.”
As far as what to expect from the film, it's difficult to say. Considering how new the writer is, he has no track record to speak of. But if you're familiar with the game franchise, you likely know that it'd make an interesting transition to the big screen. If nothing else, it'll likely be a lot of fun.
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