For decades filmmakers have been trying to make decent films based on popular video game franchises, but there has yet to be a single movie that would qualify as legitimately good, although the Resident Evil movies continue to make money.
Most of us recognize that video game movies could be good though, right? Many games have an interesting premise, exciting characters and are overflowing with violent action—basically all the ingredients for a successful modern film.
Well, that’s what Gearbox Software seems to think, and they’ve announced that two of their biggest franchises — Borderlands and Duke Nukem — are coming that much closer to their big-screen debuts. At E3, Gearbox CEO, Randy Pitchford, had a livestreamed sit-down with video game journalist, Geoff Keighley, to discuss the forthcoming adaptations. On Borderlands, Pitchford said, “We’ve been developing scripts and the strategy that we’re on right now is, that it’s obviously in the Borderlands universe, but rather than retell the stories that were in the game, we’ create new stories so that the films will have their own film canon … We’ll use all the characters and scenarios, it’s similar to what Marvel is doing. You can read any particular film plot in a comic book, but there’s a lot of characters, themes, and in fact, some of the situations are represented.”
Then Pitchford revealed that a Duke Nukem movie was actually really happening! “We’re working on Duke Nukem! I can’t announce it, but it’s blown my mind, there’s been a lot of production companies have come at us. We’re putting together a deal right now with a major motion picture studio; I’ll tell you off the record if you want to know. It’s the exact right people that should be doing a Duke Nukem film and we’ll see what happens. It’s unbelievable, I think that’s very likely a thing.”
Regardless of what happens with these two films, it’ll be awhile before they hit theaters. Though it IS something to look forward to!!!