Would you kindly make a decent Bioshock movie?
Bioshock creator Ken Levine and Take-Two Interactive are involved with the upcoming movie, which is apparently “really true” to the game.
During an interview with Collider, director Francis Lawrence explained how Netflix has given him free rein to tackle the movie as he sees fit… and that means working alongside the game’s creator.
“Basically, me and Cameron [MacConomy] who works with me, and Michael [Green] are getting to do what we want to do, which is great,” he said. “A lot of it is staying really true to the game itself, and we're talking to Take-Two [Interactive] and Ken Levine.”
Bioshock was originally released in 2007 and soon became a firm favorite of gamers everywhere.
IGN’s Bioshock review gave it 9.7/10 and called it “a monolithic example of the convergence of entertaining gameplay and an irresistibly sinister, engrossing storyline that encompasses a host of multifaceted characters.”
Renowned for its dystopian setting and retro-futuristic tone, it’s often considered to be one of the greatest games of all time… and the film’s director agrees.
“I think it's one of the best games ever created,” he said. “It's also, I think, one of the most visually unique games ever created. The other thing, and one of the things that always appeals to me, is it is very thematic. There's real ideas and philosophies underneath the game property, and it's really, really, really thought out. A lot of games may have a great world of some kind, or they may have a great lead character, or they may tee you up for great set pieces, but they don't really have the ideas, they don't have the kind of weight and the gravitas that Bioshock does. The sort of combo of real ideas and philosophies mixed with the unbelievable aesthetic of it.”
Although the original game was a first-person shooter, it was also a mashup of different genres, with its retro-futuristic sci-fi setting as a perfect backdrop for the body horror of the splicers.
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Will the movie capture this? That’s a little more complicated…
“I don't want to get into it too much now because it's pretty early on in the process, but I certainly have not felt stifled in any way, or sent in any directions with Netflix.”
The upcoming Bioshock movie was officially announced earlier this year despite different versions being in development for many years prior to this. In fact, Gore Verbinski’s planned Bioshock movie was just 8 weeks away from filming.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.