Bioshock: Director for Netflix Film Revealed

The video game adaptation has been in the works since 2017

by Pierre Lorenz on August 27, 2022

Fans of the video game series "Bioshock" had to wait many years until reliable information about the planned Netflix adaptation finally leaked out. In fact, the film has been in the works for many years, but at the time the collaboration between the intended director Gore Verbinski and the film studio Universal was put on ice only a few weeks before the then planned start of shooting. As we know since February 2022, work on "Bioshock" has been resumed and a director has now also been found. As Netflix announced via Twitter, "The Hunger Games" director Francis Lawrence will take over the directing for the streaming service. However, before the 51-year-old can get started with the "Bioshock" movie adaptation, the upcoming "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes", which is scheduled for release in November 2023, must first be finished. Until then, there is also plenty of time for "Blade Runner 2049" screenwriter Michael Green, as he is currently hard at work on the "Bioshock" script. Consisting of three parts released between 2007 and 2013, the video game series is a combination of a role-playing game and survival horror, set in a dystopian, futuristic world. The first two parts are about the partially destroyed underwater city of Rapture, which is nothing less than a failed social experiment from which the protagonist Jack, who has ended up there, must try to escape. During his time in Rapture, he uncovers numerous secrets and provides help to one last survivor. Only in the third part is there a change of scenery, which is done between Rapture and the city of Columbia. Columbia is not an underwater city, but one floating in the sky, where the protagonist finds himself at the beginning of the 20th century. There, too, unrest and riots dominate the actually lovely cityscape. What all three games have in common is that they bring together a very large fan base that appreciates not only the futuristic visuals, but above all the complex, profound and sometimes even philosophical storyline. Exactly what Netflix's "Bioshock" movie will be about is still entirely unclear, but it will presumably take quite a while before the filming starts. 

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