Lionsgate, Avi Arad to Adapt 'Borderlands' Video Game for Film

Borderlands Art - H 2015
Courtesy of Gearbox Software

Borderlands Art - H 2015

Gearbox Software’s popular video game will be turned into a tentpole movie.

Lionsgate is teaming up with Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad and Ari Arad to turn Gearbox Software’s popular video game Borderlands into a tentpole feature film.

Borderlands, a first-person shooter video game published by 2K, is set in a sci-fi universe. The Borderlands franchise has sold over 26 million game copies since launching in 2009.

The film adaptation creative will be led by Avi Arad and son Ari Arad, whose movie credits includes Iron Man, Spider Man, The Amazing Spider Man, X-Men, Ghost Rider and Blade. "Borderlands has a unique story-driven narrative energy and rich multi-dimensional characters that position it to become a singular motion picture event," the Arads said in a statement.

"We believe that we’ve brought together the right partners, the ideal creative team and the perfect property to launch a new motion picture tentpole for a global audience,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in their own statement on Friday.

The Lionsgate duo added the movie adaptation will be produced with the "same in-your-face attitude" that ensured the video game's success. The studio entered the game space under Peter Levin, a veteran digital dealmaker who, as president of interactive ventures and games, is charged with turning Lionsgate IP like The Hunger Games and Divergent into mobile and social platform games.

The deal was negotiated by Lionsgate's Levin, Summit Entertainment president of production Geoff Shaevitz and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president of business and legal affairs Patricia Laucella.

August 27, 2015, 12:15 p.m. E.T. Updated with additional details on the Borderlands franchises and statements by project producers.