Videogame franchise Borderlands is moving closer to a film adaptation now that G.I. Joe 3 scriptwriter Aaron Berg is attached to the project.
Here's why the G.I. Joe association might be a good thing.
With its off-kilter characters, explosive colour palette, compulsive equipment collecting and riotous action, the Borderlands series has become a breakaway success for its publisher, 2K Games.
2009 hit Borderlands jumped out from a decade-long line of serious military shooters, swapping its original, realistic tone for a canvas of raucous exaggeration.
Borderlands 2 arrived in 2012 and became 2K Games' best-selling release on record; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! followed in 2014, with acclaimed spin-off Tales from the Borderlands broadening the experience with a story-driven adventure.
Now, efforts to adapt the Borderlands universe for a feature-length film appear to be gathering pace, with Lionsgate naming Aaron Berg as the project's screenwriter.
Relatively unknown outside of the Hollywood system, Berg currently has a single production credit to his name: that of G.I. Joe 3.
Given the poor reception given to 2009 film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Berg's appointment might not seem like a good thing.
But though commercial success Rise of Cobra was slated at review, members of its writing team had previously worked on Michael Mann's Collateral, John Singleton's Four Brothers and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Not only that, but the writing pair on sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation went on to pen February 2016 smash Deadpool.
And Berg has already seen his treatment for British spy thriller Section 6 acquired in a multi-million dollar deal, after it was named one of Hollywood's hottest unproduced screenplays in 2013.
Not such a bad legacy to have. — AFP Relaxnews