According to Deadline, Eli Roth wasn’t fired from “Borderlands;” the reshoots just conflicted with his schedule. Currently, Roth is otherwise engaged in developing “Thanksgiving,” a horror film based on a mock trailer he made for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse.” Since he’s preoccupied and unable to return for the reported two weeks of additional filming, Miller is simply covering his back. Deadline went on to describe the transition as an “amicable passing of the baton,” throwing water on speculation that Roth had somehow mishandled “Borderlands” to the point of needing total replacement.
The limited duration of the reshoots seems to support this idea. Had Lionsgate felt that Roth’s work demanded a dramatic overhaul, the studio would have scheduled more than two weeks for clean-up. Principal photography started in April, 2021, and ended in June two months later. Janina Gavankar, who will portray Knox in the film, told Collider:
“The production design and the art direction alone is so close to the game. You can’t believe they put this much love and attention into the details … they went hard. They really meant it. Even down to our costumes, just getting the colors of everything right. There’s a lot of love that went into the production.”
Coming from a self-professed gamer, those are words of high praise for what “Borderlands” will offer.