“BioShock” film adaptation finally here, this time from Netflix
Netflix is set to adapt the acclaimed video game series BioShock created by Ken Levine and published by 2K Games into a feature film.
Netflix has partnered with 2K Games’ parent company, Take-Two Interactive to bring the retrofuturistic video game’s live adaptation. Take-Two Interactive and Vertigo Entertainment both is set to serve as producers. Additionally, the film is expected to be a cinematic universe as per multiple reports.
According to a report by Collider, the project currently does not have a director or cast at the moment. In a similar case about production, The Hollywood Reporter further added that the partnership deal between Netflix and Take-Two has been in the works for almost a year, yet no writer or filmmaker has been invited to take on the project.
Take-Two Interactive confidence, details so far
Chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick remain highly confident in working with Netflix.
“Netflix is among the best and most forward-thinking storytellers in all of entertainment today,” said Zelnick in a statement.
“We are thrilled that they share our vision and commitment to the BioShock franchise, which is beloved by millions of fans around the world. 2K’s Cloud Chamber studio is deep in active development on the next iteration of the series, and coupled with our partnership with Netflix, we remain highly confident that BioShock will continue to captivate and engage audiences like never before.”
At the moment, both Netflix and Take-Two Interactive have not released more details about what the series will be yet. But, considering that the franchise spawns three installments-wide, there are many rooms they can play with.
About BioShock Franchise
The original game or the first entry of the series takes place in 1960 where the protagonist, Jack, the sole survivor of a plane crash in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean finds an entrance to the underwater city of Rapture, a sprawling retro city left beyond repair after a civil war and murderous gangs of gene-modified freaks known as “Splicers” has taken the city to chaos.
Players were given a chance to take another look at the beloved underwater city of Rapture on Bioshock 2. Both installments have a dark, gloomy atmosphere, and are best known to many as a beloved FPS horror-survival game.
The third entry, BioShock Infinite, tackles similar themes as previous installments like American exceptionalism and utopia. Infinite offers colorful settings and no underwater city as it takes place in the flying steampunk city of Columbia, set in a different fictional universe.
The BioShock franchise is the work of Ken Levin which spawns three installments long. The series is considered one of the most celebrated and beloved series in video gaming history. The franchise has sold 39 million copies worldwide after several re-releases, remastered, and bundled collections.
The series’ is the developer’s efforts to combine sci-fi and horror genres in one place with existential and societal questions added to the mix had contributed to how the series’ storyline is accepted by fans.
Fans should rest easy knowing that BioShock is getting a film adaptation by Netflix, the streaming site’s prior involvement with previous video game film adaptations such as The Witcher is worth noting. However, the question still remains if Levin will take part in driving BioShock’s film adaptation narrative.