# Anticipation Builds for the ‘Borderlands’ Movie Adaptation Slated for 2024
Fans of the popular video game franchise ‘Borderlands’ are on the edge of their seats waiting for the 2024 film adaptation of the game. With its vibrant, post-apocalyptic setting and a design that seems ready-made for the big screen, it’s surprising that it has taken this long for the game to transition to a cinematic experience.
## Director Eli Roth Shares Insights on the Film
In a recent interview with IGN, Eli Roth, the director of the forthcoming film, spoke about how he is bringing the game’s world of Pandora to life. As he gears up for the release of his next film, ‘Thanksgiving’, Roth took some time to shed light on the creative direction he’s taking for the ‘Borderlands’ movie.
### Balancing Act: Staying True to the Game While Crafting a New Narrative
According to Roth, while the team has kept several aspects of the game very close to the original, there has been a conscious effort to create a movie that stands on its own. Collaborating with Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford, Roth was inspired to approach the film much like Marvel approaches their comic book adaptations—where the source material and the cinematic creation are distinct, living entities.
> “The games are going to be the games and the movie, the movie and if they continue it, great,” said Roth, aiming to balance authenticity with creative storytelling.
Roth stresses the importance of not merely transcribing the game into film, but rather telling a compelling story in its own right. With that said, fans of the ‘Borderlands’ series can rest assured that the movie will be “loaded with Easter eggs.”
### Navigating COVID Challenges and Directorial Shifts
The director also mentioned the daunting task of shooting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and hinted that there’s much more to discuss next year. Roth stepped back briefly during January, allowing ‘Deadpool’ director Tim Miller to oversee two weeks of additional shooting. It was termed a “friendly relief” by Roth as he focused on his horror flick ‘Thanksgiving’, but he has since resumed his role in the ‘Borderlands’ project.
## A Cast of A-Listers Bringing Characters to Life
One of the most exciting aspects of the ‘Borderlands’ adaptation is its impressive cast. Cate Blanchett takes on the role of Lilith, Kevin Hart embodies Roland, Jack Black voices Claptrap, and Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Dr. Patricia Tannis. The ensemble is further bolstered by the talents of Gina Gershon, Ariana Greenblatt, Edgar Ramirez, Bobby Lee, and Cheyenne Jackson.
Producing behind the scenes are Avi Arad, who has recently been announced as a producer for the live-action ‘The Legend Of Zelda’ movie with Nintendo, and Erik Feig.
## The Wait Is Almost Over
Mark your calendars, as Lionsgate is set to deliver the ‘Borderlands’ experience to theaters worldwide on August 9, 2024. While the full interview with Eli Roth is slated for release next week, fans can already start their countdown to what promises to be a thrilling ride through the chaotic world of Pandora in the ‘Borderlands’ film. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on this highly anticipated movie.