Get ready Vault Hunters, the video game adaptation you’ve been waiting for is one step closer to reality. Full Circle has exclusively learned who will lead the Borderlands film for Lionsgate as well as make up the supporting characters.
Although the upcoming project will pull straight from the source material, it will have a different lead character. A legendary thief named Lilith will be the protagonist in a new story that will include instantly recognizable faces, like the fan-favorite Claptrap. The movie will find Lilith in the Atlas Corporation space prison when the CEO gives her the chance to earn her freedom by rescuing his daughter, the foul-mouthed Tiny Tina, on the planet Pandora. The mission takes an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that the little girl is the key to unlocking a valuable alien vault that Atlas wants all for itself.
Joining her on the adventure is the previously mentioned Claptrap, Tina’s bodyguard Krieg, and a group of vault hunters (it is unclear if they will be established game characters). In video game lore, Lilith is from the planet Dionysus and is one of six Sirens, a group of women with extraordinary abilities. It remains to be seen if she’ll have her powers in the film, but since it is a crucial characteristic of the character, it’s safe to assume they will play some role.
The most recent reporting suggests the screenplay on the long-gestating Lionsgate project comes from Oren Uziel, who’s best known for his work on 22 Jump Street and the upcoming Supergirl film. Last year, That Hashtag Show reported that LEGO Batman director Chris McKay was being courted by the studio to helm the film, but he has since boarded the live-action Dungeons and Dragons film for Paramount Pictures.
The Borderlands game series is a first-person shooter created by Gearbox and released through 2K Games. It follows four Vault Hunters on a journey through the planet of Pandora to find the key to the ultimate vault. On their quest for glory, players encounter alien wildlife, crazy bandits, and other forces. The third installment, simply titled Borderlands 3, is set to release this September.
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