Following circulating reports about the production of Lionsgate’s upcoming Borderlands movie, Deadline brings word that Deadpool director Tim Miller has signed on to oversee the two-week reshoots needed for the film adaptation of the hit video game series.
The outlet further confirms that director Eli Roth has not been fired. He has instead let Miller takeover the Borderlands movie reshoots for the meantime, as he’s currently in production for his newest horror film titled Thanksgiving, which is based on his parody trailer that was in Robert Rodriguez’s 2007 film Grindhouse.
The Borderlands movie is expected to exist in a different universe than the game which will allow the project to stray away from the first game in the franchise. The star-studded film will be led by Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jack Black, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Olivier Richters, and Edgar Ramirez.
Based on one of the world’s most successful video game franchises from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games, the Borderlands movie will follow a group of unlikely heroes called Vault Hunters led by Lilith and Roland, who have been recruited for a retrieval mission. Lilith, an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas. Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland, a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina, a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg, Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis, the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap, a persistent wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.
The film is directed by Roth from a screenplay written by Craig Mazin. It also stars Haley Bennett, Janina Gavankar, Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, Charles Babalola, Benjamin Byron Davis, Steven Boyer, Ryann Redmond, and Bobby Lee.
Borderlands is being produced by Arad Productions’ Avi Arad and Ari Arad, along with Picturestart’s Erik Feig. It will be executive produced by Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford and CEO of Take-Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick. Lionsgate’s James Myers and Aaron Edmonds are overseeing the project along with Arad’s Emmy Yu and Picturestart’s Lucy Kitada and Royce Reeves-Darby.