Plenty of studios seem to be flocking to Hungary for upcoming projects, whether it’s Jack Ryan, an upcoming Marvel project, Dune, or the video-game adaptation of the Borderlands series. Death Wish’s Eli Roth is directing the movie with Cate Blanchett cast as Lilith and Kevin Hart rumored to be playing Roland. At long last, filming is finally underway.
Not much is known about the film yet, such as who will be voicing Claptrap, playing the other 2 main characters, or when it will be released, but given that it’s been listed as an action-adventure comedy on IMDb, it’s no surprise that it’s reportedly went for star-power with Kevin Hart and enlisted writers with comedic backgrounds.
Hungary has likely been chosen as the place for filming not only because of its rural landscapes, but also due to its COVID-19 restrictions. In particular – its filming restrictions which have been active since the pandemic began. Bubbles separate the crew, and there’s frequent testing, so it’s a safer environment to shoot movies and television, to say the least.
Writing the movie is Craig Mazin alongside Aaron Berg, with the former having worked on Chernobyl, The Hangover Part 2, Identity Thief, The Last of US TV series, and Scary Movie 3 and 4. Berg, on the other hand, will be debuting with Borderlands and G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant.
There’s still the beloved sniper Mordecai and his pet Bloodwing to be announced, as well as the gigantically muscular Brick, but perhaps given Kevin Hart’s history of teaming up with them, they can bring the Rock in. He’s no stranger to video-game movies after all, even if they weren’t the greatest, although, fan-casts tend to throw out fellow wrestler Dave Bautista who is an uncanny fit and also not unfamiliar with gaming crossovers.
With filming beginning, perhaps more news will drop soon, although, a teaser is surely far from being released. Perhaps Borderlands will join Sonic and Detective Pikachu in breaking the video-game movie curse, even if Paul W. S. Anderson is adamant in keeping it alive and well.
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