Kevin Hart has officially joined the cast of “Borderlands,” the adaptation of the popular video game franchise that will star Cate Blanchett and is being directed by Eli Roth. Hart was first rumored to be involved in the film back in December by The Illuminerdi, and his deal has now closed after months of negotiations. Hart will play Roland, a skilled ex-soldier turned mercenary, in what will be a more dramatic turn for the comedian. “I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin,” Roth said in a statement. “‘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.” Also Read: Kevin Hart Signs Megadeal With Netflix to Star in and Produce at Least 4 Films “Borderlands” is based on the PC and console trilogy from Gearbox Software and publisher 2K. The series is a visceral first-person shooter and roleplaying game about four “Vault Hunters” on a planet called Pandora who battle against local bandits and marauders in their search for a hidden vault rumored to contain advanced alien technology. The “Borderlands” games have sold 66 million units sold-in worldwide, including over 24 million units of “Borderlands 2,” which is the highest selling title in the history of 2K. The most recent installment, “Borderlands 3,” launched in September 2019 and was recently released for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. “Borderlands 3” has sold more than 11 million units worldwide and was honored with the award for Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom 2019 and Best Ongoing Game at Gamescom 2020. The latest draft of the screenplay for the “Borderlands” film is by “Chernobyl’s” Craig Mazin. Avi Arad and Ari Arad are producing through their Arad Productions banner, with Erik Feig also producing through Picturestart. Also Read: Kevin Hart, Wesley Snipes to Star as Brothers in Netflix Limited Series 'True Story' The film’s executive producers are Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the “Borderlands” video game franchise and founder of the Gearbox Entertainment Company, and Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive. James Myers and Aaron Edmonds are overseeing the project on behalf of Lionsgate. Emmy Yu is overseeing the film for Arad Productions. Lucy Kitada and Royce Reeves-Darby are overseeing the project for Picturestart. Hart recently signed a massive film deal with Netflix to star in and produce at least four films, after his stand-up special “Zero F***s Given” was viewed by 21 million homes in its first four weeks and was one of the most watched stand-up specials on the service. He’ll also be seen in “The Man From Toronto” from Sony. Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate. Hart is represented by 3 Arts, UTA, Viewpoint and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham. Read original story Kevin Hart Joins Cate Blanchett in ‘Borderlands’ Video Game Adaptation At TheWrap
Eli Roth is set to direct a movie based on the popular video game trilogy “Borderlands” from Gearbox Software and publisher 2K that will be set up at Lionsgate, the studio’s motion picture group president Nathan Kahane and president of motion picture production Erin Westerman announced Thursday.“Borderlands,” which was first announced as a movie as far back as 2015, is an irreverent and visceral first person shooter and role-playing game about four “Vault Hunters” on a planet called Pandora who battle against local bandits and marauders in their search for a hidden vault rumored to contain advanced alien technology.“Chernobyl” screenwriter Craig Mazin wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay. Roth joins producers Avi Arad and Ari Arad, who are producing through their Arad Productions banner, and Erik Feig, through his PICTURESTART banner.Production is expected to begin on the “Borderlands” movie later this year.Also Read: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Breaks Video Game Box Office Record With $58 Million OpeningThe film’s executive producers are Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise and founder of Gearbox Software, and Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive.The three “Borderlands” games have sold more than 57 million units worldwide, including 22 million units of the 2012 game “Borderlands 2,” which still draws one million players every month. The most recent game “Borderlands 3” was released last September and has already sold 8 million copies.“I’m so excited to dive into the world of Borderlands and I could not be doing it with a better script, producing team, and studio. I have a long, successful history with Lionsgate – I feel like we have grown up together and that everything in my directing career has led to a project of this scale and ambition,” Roth said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing my own energy, ideas, and vision to the wild, fun, and endlessly creative world of the game. Randy Pitchford and everyone at Gearbox have been incredibly supportive of my ideas – it really feels like a perfect storm of creators coming together. We are out to make a new classic, one which the fans of the game will love, but also one which will find new audiences globally.”Also Read: Zachary Levi to Star in Music-Driven Family Comedy 'Undercover' With Cole Sprouse at Lionsgate“With Eli’s vision and Craig’s screenplay, we believe we have cracked the code on bringing the anarchic world of ‘Borderlands’ to the big screen in a big way that will be a fresh, compelling and cinematic event for moviegoers and fans of the game,” Kahane said in a statement.“I’m incredibly proud we can bring this beloved video game to theaters for our fans around the world. Eli and Craig, already accomplished and remarkable visionaries, will be amazing stewards of Gearbox’s innovative Borderlands characters and stories,” Pitchford said in a statement.James Myers is overseeing the project on behalf of Lionsgate. Emmy Yu is overseeing the film for Arad Productions. Lucy Kitada will oversee the project for PICTURESTART. The “Borderlands” series is published by 2K, a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.Roth most recently directed the family film “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” for Amblin Entertainment, which grossed $130 million worldwide, as well as the remake of “Death Wish” starring Bruce Willis for MGM and Annapurna. The “Hostel” director previously paired with Lionsgate on “Cabin Fever” and “Knock Knock.”Roth is represented by WME and Carlos Goodman Of Goodman, Genow Schenkman, Smelkinson and Christopher.Read original story Eli Roth to Direct ‘Borderlands’ Movie Based on Video Game Series at Lionsgate At TheWrap
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It’s because they’re watching a cannibal tribe deep in an Amazon rainforest practice their gory rituals on a group of lost travellers in Eli Roth’s new horror film The Green Inferno (in theaters Sept. 25). For his latest shocker, shot in a remote region of Peru, Roth came back with a book’s worth of treacherous stories. “I want people to see The Green Inferno and say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that in a movie theater before,’” he tells us.