BioShock: Francis Lawrence to direct video game movie for Netflix

Back in 2008, it was announced that Gore Verbinski would be directing a film adaptation of the video game BioShockwith John Logan write manuscript. Later, Verbinski decided to hand over the helm to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, but remained involved as a producer. The film never went into production. After years in development hell, BioShock was scrapped by Universal. Now Netflix works alone with Vertigo Entertainment and 2K BioShock adaptation, and Deadline reports that the film will be directed by Francis Lawrence from a script by Michael Green! Coincidentally, Michael Green and John Logan were both writers on Alien: Covenant.

Lawrence’s previous directing credits include Constantine, I Am Legend, Water for Elephants, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (parts 1 and 2), and Red sparrow.

Set across multiple dystopian and visionary landscapes gone awry, the BioShock video game series blends sci-fi and horror to pose unique existential and societal questions that reshape how game stories are told – all amid pulse-pounding action -gameplay that rewards sharp shooting, clever planning and deadly improvisation.

IMDb provides a synopsis of the first BioShock game:

The year is 1960. While flying over the Atlantic Ocean, ordinary citizen Jack blacks out and wakes up to find himself the sole survivor of a plane crash. Amidst the wreckage of his plane, Jack discovers and swims to a lighthouse and boards a Bathysphere that takes him deep into the ocean and into Rapture. Originally conceived as a utopia where a man would be entitled to everything he did without interference from “parasites” by the idealistic billionaire mogul Andrew Ryan. Enchantment has since decayed and hardened from the contagious effects of civil war and anarchy, engendered by the very ideals embraced by its citizens and its leaders.

Aided by a sympathetic smuggler and a rogue geneticist, Jack rescues gene-altering chemicals, transforms himself into a superhuman, and uses his newfound powers and abilities as well as an arsenal of weapons to fend off the vicious hordes of psychotic mutants, security robots and armored super-soldiers who were a result of Rapture’s unrest, while given the choice of either saving or lethally harvesting the genetic material of Rapture’s only citizens with a chance: the 10-year-old “Little Sisters”. As Jack wanders through Rapture’s doomsday atmosphere, he stumbles upon a secret that could shatter everything he’s known forever.

There have been many BioShock game, then Netflix could have a franchise on its hands if Lawrence and Green find a satisfying way to bring the story to the screen.

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