With his last two movies Eli Roth seemed to be entering a new phase in his career, moving away from his own material to more studio projects based on pre-existing properties. Although Death Wish was not that well received, The House with a Clock In Its Walls seemed to fare a bit better and also became his biggest box office hit to date. Now we are hearing that he is being lined up to direct a new movie based on a blockbuster video game series: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi shooter Borderlands. Hit the jump for more details.
Although it has yet to be confirmed, the news was apparently leaked this week by Randy Pitchford, CEO of Borderlands development studio Gearbox Software. He accidentally tweeted out the following news: “I’m very excited to welcome Eli Roth as Director of the Borderlands movie in development with Lionsgate and Arad Productions. Please welcome @eliroth to the team and be sure to catch the @GearboxOfficial Main Theater Show at #PaxEast on 2/27 to learn more.” The tweet disappeared shortly thereafter, with the assumption being that the announcement was intended to be released closer to PAX East next week.
If the news is true, it would certainly be an intriguing proposition. Roth has not really done much outside of the horror genre aside from Death Wish, but this would give him a post-apocalyptic sandbox to play in. Clearly his love of gore would still serve him well here, but if we’re lucky we might get a full-on genre mash-up akin to Neil Marshall’s Doomsday. Would you pay to see Eli Roth’s Borderlands?