The Borderlands movie inches towards reality.
Borderlands movie gets screenwriter, may actually happen
That said, the project has made a significant advance according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the tapping of Canadian comedian Aaron Berg to serve as screenwriter.
Although he's best known for his stand up and a string of minor acting roles, Berg wrote the script for in-development spy thriller Section 6 and G.I. Joe 3.
The Borderlands film comes to us courtesy of prolific game adaption producers Avi and Ari Arad. THR's sources say the company is aiming for an "edgy" R rating, which makes a lot more sense when you hear that it's being touted as "Mad Max in space".
I would have though the Mad Max-like desert setting and "edgy" violence were just about the least interesting thing about the Borderlands universe, to be honest. Although the series gets a lot of flack for cheap jokes and little narrative depth, both Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Tales from the Borderlands demonstrated there's a lot more going on beyond the constant explosions and screeching voices. Then again, is anybody still optimistic enough to expect a film adaptation to do a good job of leveraging the strengths of a game series?
The franchise is back in the headlines recently after word that Borderlands 3 will go into production after Battleborn. Although The Pre-Sequel went under the radar (a crying shame, I tell ya) the series is one of 2K's bestselling properties, with over 26 million copies shifted worldwide.