Borderlands: Tim Miller helms resume as Eli Roth prepares Thanksgiving feature

Lionsgate is doing damage control today after rumors spread online that Eli Roth has been fired for the long-awaited Border areas film adaptation, with Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator: Dark Fate) replaces him. According to DeadlineMiller steps in as director of Border areas‘ upcoming two weeks of reshoots, but Roth hasn’t been fired. Instead, they say Roth is busy preparing to shoot his long-awaited holiday slasher, Thanksgivingbased on his infamous Grindhouse trailer. That film is set for a March shoot, which theoretically can’t be pushed back if they want to get the film out for a Thanksgiving debut.

Deadline notes that the relay is friendly, with friends of Roth and Miller, and that Roth is still officially the film’s director. In particular, the film starring Cate Blanchett as the heroine Lilith was shot before this year Tar. Actually I saw some footage of it at CinemaCon back in April, and it looked like a pretty radical adaptation, with Roth seemingly sticking closely to the game’s visual aesthetic. For Roth, this is a big step towards the mainstream, and it’s easily his highest-profile project to date. While Thanksgiving sounds more up his alley, it will still be interesting to see his approach to the star-studded adaptation. The film also stars Kevin Hart, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Black and Jamie Lee Curtis.

While it sounds unconventional for another director to handle reshoots, it’s been done before, with Tony Gilroy working on Rogue oneJames McTeigue resumes some of The invasionand then the massive last minute reshoots for World War Z, although apparently the same director was kept for them. At least this time, it sounds like Roth willingly passed the baton, and it might just come down to scheduling issues (let’s not forget that Blanchett is currently in the midst of a massive awards campaign for Tar).

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