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Lionsgate wants to do a Borderlands movie.
Via: Variety
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You can add Borderlands to the list of video game properties that will be turned into movies that you maybe will see, but really don't need.

Lionsgate announced Aug. 28 that they would develop the games series into a 'tentpole' movie, would means they probably have a few ideas for all the ways they want to fool with the loot-based first person shooter.

According to Variety:



"Part of our strategy in entering the game space under Peter Levin has been to source new brands with built-in audiences that will translate into great films and television shows," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. "The 'Borderlands' games don't pull any punches, and we'll make the movie with the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise."

Friday's announcement comes less than three months before Lionsgate opens its fourth and final film in its highly successful "Hunger Games" franchise, which has grossed $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office. The studio's Summit label generated $3.3 billion from its five-film "Twilight Saga." And it has grossed more than $550 million from the first two films in its four-film "Divergent Series."


You can put this one up there with The Last of Us and Assassin's Creed as movies we're mildly interested in, but never asked for.

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Via: Yahoo
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Here's the first image released of Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in the movie adaptation of Assassin's Creed. It remains to be seen how the character fits into the game universe, maybe he's Desmond Miles' second-cousin, twice-removed. According to Yahoo:

Lynch discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.
So, it's basically just the greatest hits of Assassin's Creed 1 and 2. Here's hoping for something good.

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Move over Equestria Girls - Friendship Games, we got a real My Little Pony movie on the way. Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up to bring the Friendship is Magic team to the big screen in 2017. And since everyone loved Idina Menzel as Elsa, why not nab another Wicked alumnus:

"We are pleased to partner with Hasbro to bring their brands to audiences in new and exciting ways... Meghan McCarthy and the My Little Pony cast are a very talented and cohesive team whom we’re happy to be working with and we’re excited about the addition of the very talented Kristin Chenoweth, as we explore new aspects of these characters and new story opportunities for the franchise." - Erik Feig, Lionsgate Co-President
You know it's going to be a musical when you got Kristin Chenoweth.

Warner Bros. might make a Dungeons and Dragons movie
Via: Mashable
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Warner Bros. wants to take the imagination out of the game.

The studio announced Aug. 3 that it has a script and producers lined up to make a new Dungeons & Dragons movie.

Mashable has the story:

The announcement signals the resolution of a rights-holders lawsuit between Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast LLC and Sweetpea Entertainment, each of which will be involved in the project. What it does not signal: any sort of guarantee that a Dungeons & Dragons movie will actually get made.

Warner Bros. has had enormous success with the fantasy genre, through franchises like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings — but those were literary adaptations with rabid, built in followings and established characters. Dungeons & Dragons, first published in 1974, went on to become the world's most popular role-playing game — but the cultural relevance of real-world RPGs went into staggering decline with the rise of video- and massively multiplayer online games.



You might remember that they tried this back in 2000 with a weird, lame movie of a thing with Thora Birch, Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans. It only has 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and dragged in a scant $7.3 million on its opening weekend.

That won't detract from the enthusiasm.

Warner Bros. president of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman talked some marketing talk in the circulated press release.

"We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."



We should also not ever let you forget about the 1982 film Mazes and Monsters. Born out of the cultural panic that D&D would turn your children into murdering psychopaths, this gem stars Tom Hanks in his first leading role.

Oh, and it's available on YouTube if you have the inclination.



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