Is the Borderlands movie release date confirmed? Let’s consider what we know so far about the forthcoming video game adaptation.
Looking back on the history of video game movie adaptations, there have arguably been plenty more misses than hits.
From Super Mario Bros. to Warcraft, there are many efforts which have been divisive for a number of reasons, but nevertheless, boast an adoring fanbase.
When it’s announced that a popular video game will be given the cinematic treatment, the news is often met with scepticism. However, fans of the game wish to be hopeful, and right now this is certainly the case with Borderlands.
Released back in 2009, this open world RPG was a hit and spawned a number of sequels. The world-building has always teased the potential for a blockbuster adaptation, and the project is shaping up as we speak.
So, do we have a Borderlands movie release date yet?
Is the Borderlands movie release date confirmed?
- No, a release date for the forthcoming Borderlands movie is yet to be confirmed. Considering what we know so far, Borderlands could be released in 2022 or even as late as 2023 depending on the speed of production.
As noted by Looper, the film is in the early stages of production and casting announcements are still being made.
The latest confirms that Kevin Hart has joined, tackling the role of Roland, who appeared in the first two instalments of the Borderlands franchise. You will likely recognise the 41-year-old comedian and actor from such films as Central Intelligence and Ride Along.
He will be joining the Academy Award-winning Cate Blanchett (Carol, Thor: Ragnarok), who is signed on to play the thief-siren Lilith.
Borderlands movie: What we know so far
The film will be helmed by director Eli Roth, who said of Kevin’s addition in a press release:
“I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin. Borderlands is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they’ve never seen before. He’s going to be an amazing Roland.”
Eli has proven his versatility in regards to his directorial output and handling of genres over the years, having helmed the family-fantasy film The House with a Clock in Its Walls and the action-drama Death Wish, both in 2018.
On the other hand, he is perhaps still best known for his work in the horror genre, having helmed both Hostel and Hostel: Part II, as well as Cabin Fever and The Green Inferno.
Craig Mazin serves as the writer on the project and he recently penned HBO’s critically-acclaimed Chernobyl miniseries. Meanwhile, Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford has also been confirmed as an executive producer.
Looper also highlights that Eli wishes to cast Borderlands cosplayers in the film to show respect and appreciation for the fandom.
Plot details are yet to be announced.
Fans react to Kevin Hart’s Borderlands casting
Since Kevin’s role in the movie was officially confirmed, a number of fans have flocked to Twitter to offer their thoughts.
Check out a selection of tweets:
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