The Borderlands movie seems to be deviating pretty hard from the video game series, which is bound to go over well with fans.
We’ve been hearing about the Borderlands movie for some time now, after news started dropping about the project’s casting. It’s a pretty varied bunch, too, with Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Jamie Lee Curtis all attached. There’s also Kevin Hart, but we don’t want to get into that one again.
Fans of the popular shooter series are a little hesitant to say the least, and that’s probably unlikely to change after Lionsgate, the company behind the film, released a pretty lengthy synopsis via IGN.
“Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett teams up with Kevin Hart in director Eli Roth’s Borderlands. Lilith (Blanchett), 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 (Edgar Ramirez Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Florian Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently 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.”
Watch the trailer for the original ‘Borderlands’ below:
Yep, sounds like things are going to deviate pretty wildly from the games here. If anything, it reads like a strange mishmash of concepts from past games.
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Borderlands 2, for example, featured the daughter of villainous Handsome Jack, but protection was definitely not the mission. Likewise Atlas has never really been seen in any of the games thus far.
Oh, and there’s not a single mention of vault hunting. That’ll go over well with the fans.
Honestly, we don’t have high hopes for this one, especially considering the dude behind Hostel and Knock Knock is leading the charge. Mortal Kombat is still our only hope right now.
You can read more about this topic over at the Gaming Observer.