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Is the Borderlands movie canon to the games? Here’s the deal

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The first trailer for the upcoming Borderlands movie has come out, answering many fans’ questions, including how the story is, when it’ll be released, and whether it’s canon to the games.

The looter shooter Borderlands is reportedly getting a fourth mainline entry. Before that, a movie based on the series is on the horizon and its first trailer has officially come out. The film started production in 2015 and then found Eli Roth as its director in 2019, after which the movie finally began filming in 2021. It stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

The trailer reveals a lot about the movie, and combining that with previously known information, like its canonicity, gives an idea of what one can expect. Alongside that, the trailer also reveals the movie’s release date.

Is the Borderlands movie canon to the game?

The Borderland movie is not canon to the games, according to Gearbox Software’s CEO.

Randy Pitchford stated that although the movie isn’t canon, it will feature the same characters and themes as the game. He included that the movie takes place “within the Borderlands Cinematic Universe,” implying more Borderlands adaptations may be coming in the future.

Even though the movie features several things from the games, it will follow a brand new story. The official synopsis for Borderlands states that Lilith is given a dangerous mission, where she teams up with multiple outlaws to find and protect Atlas’s daughter. While the first part of that synopsis is similar to what happens in the games, the latter talks about an entirely new storyline that hasn’t been in the franchise.

The movie includes Borderlands’ canon-established characters like Lilith, Roland, Krieg, Tiny Tina, Tannis, and Claptrap, which indicates it will have components from the source material. In addition to that, the trailer also accurately recreated several signature elements from the game, such as weapons, vehicles, and creatures, while introducing seemingly original characters.

What is the release date of the Borderlands movie?

The Borderlands movie is slated to be released on August 9, 2024. The movie’s producer, Avi Arad, is known for producing many major action films including both Sony and the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man films, as well as the upcoming live-action The Legend of Zelda movie.

This movie won’t be the only video game adaptation of 2024, as Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is also releasing in the same year, although the hype for the movie centered around Sega’s blue blur is significantly higher. While the previous entries in the Sonic the Hedgehog movies and the Knuckles TV show help, there’s also the fact that many fans criticized the movie’s casting, particularly that of Kevin Hart playing Roland.

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Written by Hannan Mundia

Hannan Mundia has been playing video games since he was just three years old. He loves everything about gaming, from RPGs to first-person shooters. He has sunk countless hours into Bethesda's popular RPGs, but his favorite game remains Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. His writing has also been featured on Fandom Spot, and you can follow him on Twitter / X at @zombiezomz.

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