Monday, August 29, 2022

Francis Lawrence to Direct Netflix's BIOSHOCK Movie

Bioshock Movie

The eagerly awaited feature film adaptation of the popular video game franchise "Bioshock" is still moving forward, and now Netflix has signed on "Hunger Games", "I Am Legend" and "Constantine" helmer Francis Lawrence to direct from a screenplay by Michael Green ("Logan", "Blade Runner 2049").

Netflix is partnering with 2K and Take-Two Interactive to produce. Lawrence is currently working on the prequel "Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes", which will be released in 2023. In the meantime, Green will work on the script, and when Lawrence is done filming the "Hunger Games" movie, he can join the pre-production process.

The first "BioShock" game was released in 2007, and was followed by two more games, "BioShock 2" and "BioShock Infinite". The first-person shooters blend sci-fi and horror to pose unique existential and societal questions that reshaped how game stories could be told – all amidst pulse-pounding action gameplay that rewards sharp shooting, clever planning, and lethal improvisation. The games have sold more than 39 million copies worldwide. A new installment is in the works by Cloud Chamber.

An adaptation of "BioShock" first went into development in 2008 at Universal Pictures with Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") attached to direct, but he left the project a year later and the film was scrapped altogether over budget concerns given the intended R-rating.

Lawrence will also produce alongside Roy Lee for Vertigo Entertainment, while Cameron MacConomy and Strauss Zelnick will executive produce.


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