10:58am PT by Rebecca Ford
'Borderlands' Movie Taps 'Section 6' Writer to Pen Script (Exclusive)
Lionsgate is moving forward with its adaptation of video game Borderlands, hiring Section 6 writer Aaron Berg to pen the script.
The project is based on Gearbox Software’s popular first-person shooter game that launched in 2009. The game is set on a planet called Pandora, a frontier land that's been abandoned by a mega-corporation. The Borderlands franchise has sold over 26 million game copies since its launch.
Arad Productions, run by Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad, is producing the film, which some describe as Mad Max in space. Sources say it's expected to be an edgy, R-rated take on the material.
"Borderlands has a unique story-driven narrative energy and rich multi-dimensional characters that position it to become a singular motion picture event," said a statement from the Arads when the project was first announced.
Berg wrote Section 6, the hot spec that detailed the origins of British intelligence agency MI6, which Universal nabbed in 2013 for $1.2 million against $2 million. He was then hired to write the script for G.I. Joe 3. He’s repped by CAA, Management 360 and Rob Szymanski at Eclipse Law.