Despite reports to the contrary, filmmaker Eli Roth has not been fired from the upcoming film adaptation of the Gearbox and 2K video game “Borderlands” at Lionsgate according to Deadline.
The trade reports that the film is about to undergo two weeks of reshoots and Roth, who helmed the film, has handed over the reins of those reshoots to “Deadpool” and “Terminator: Dark Fate” director Tim Miller.
Roth has done this because he reportedly has to get going on the long-in-the-works feature film adaptation of his “Grindhouse” mock trailer “Thanksgiving”. That project will begin shooting in March from a script by Jeff Rendell for Spyglass Entertainment.
The original trailer released with “Grindhouse” in 2007 suggested a gory slasher film set in a Massachusetts town where the Thanksgiving holiday is a big deal. Someone dressed up in a pilgrim outfit is going around carving up people all over town, including one unfortunate moment involving a giant knife, a trampoline, and a cheerleader. Roger Birnbaum and Roth are producing that film.
The report indicates Miller is taking over for a couple of weeks in an “amicable handing of the baton” on the film that has taken a long time to make it to the screen.
In “Borderlands,” Cate Blanchett plays Lilith, an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past who reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B. Atlas (Edgar Ramirez).
She forms an alliance with an unexpected team – former elite mercenary Roland (Kevin Hart), pre-teen demolitionist Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt) and her rhetorically challenged protector Krieg (Florian Munteanu), the persistent wiseass robot Claptrap (Jack Black), and mentally unstable scientist Tannis (Jamie Lee Curtis).
These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. Roth co-wrote the script with “Chernobyl” and “The Last of Us” showrunner Craig Mazin whilst Erik Feig, Avi Arad, and Ari Arad are producing.