Bioshock, the hugely influential and popular video game that led to a direct video game sequel and a spin-off focused on a new setting and characters, is finally on its way to releasing a movie adaptation courtesy of Netflix.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a live-action adaptation has been announced. The last 14 years have seen several failed attempts at trying to adapt the world of Rapture to live action. Including, most famously, the initial attempt announced in 2008, which would have seen the director, Gore Verbinski, fresh off his success turning Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction into a blockbuster movie franchise, tackling the daunting task of adapt Bioshock to live action.
In fact, Verbinski’s vision for the film was so expensive that it led to the project being cancelled, as no studio was willing to spend $200 million on an R-rated film. As Verbinski rightly argued, this was the only way. to do the adaptation correctly given the tone of the game and the detail of the underwater city of Rapture.
However, it is to be expected now, given the success of recent video game-based projects, the audience’s desire for a variety of new and exciting content, and the latest innovations in technology, such as the “StageCraft” digital set From Lucasfilm, this Bioshock project doesn’t get stuck in “Development Hell” like its predecessors did.
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Latest news on Netflix’s Bioshock movie
Netflix has announced that the film will be directed by none other than Francis Lawrence, who has brought The Hunger Games franchise to Lionsgate’s blockbuster, with his return to the franchise, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents, scheduled for release in 2023.
In addition to his work on the Hunger Games films, Lawrence has also had a very successful career directing several high-profile music videos such as Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Beyonce’s “Who Run The World (Girls)”.
In addition to Lawrence, Netflix has also confirmed that screenwriter Michael Green (Logan, Alien: Covenant, Jungle Cruise) will pen the screenplay for this film adaptation.
What is the history of Bioshock?
While Netflix has yet to confirm an official story synopsis, we can only assume for now that it will follow the plot of the first game, as Netflix is likely looking to turn Bioshock into an ongoing franchise with sequels and possibly a spin-off. of TV. .
Synopsis from 2K Games for Bioshock:
“Turn everything into a weapon, biologically modify your body with plasmids, hack devices and systems, upgrade your weapons and create new ammo variants, and experiment with different battle techniques.
After your plane crashes in icy unknown waters, you discover a rusty bathysphere and descend into Rapture, a city hidden under the sea.
Built as an idealistic society for a carefully selected group of scientists, artists, and industrialists, idealism no longer exists. Now the city is littered with corpses, powerful guardians roam the halls as girls plunder the dead, and genetically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn.
Bioshock forces you to question how far you will go and how much of your humanity you will sacrifice… to save your own life.”
Expected release date?
As Netflix only announced the film in February 2022 and its director and screenwriter were only confirmed on August 26, 2022, no official release date plans have been confirmed yet.
Although, since movies often take at least 18-24 months from initial development to final release, I wouldn’t expect to see this movie, especially given how extensive the special effects needed will likely be, until at least 2024, most likely. . Summer 2024 at the earliest.