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What is happening with the Bioshock movie adaptation?
Photo: © ANP

What is happening with the Bioshock movie adaptation?

What is happening with the Bioshock movie adaptation?
Photo: © ANP

There's been a promising update on the proposed Bioshock movie adaptation.

Over the last 30 years, dozens of high-profile video games have been adapted into theatrical releases, including Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Sonic, Assassin's Creed, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, WarCraft, Uncharted and many many more.

For the most part, with the recent exception of projects like The Last of Us, video game adaptations have not been critically well received, while several have been panned.

After Bioshock was announced, Francis Lawrence was confirmed as the director, and Michael Green was subsequently confirmed as the writer.

Green explained to Collider that he is back working on the script now the writer strike is over.

"You have to measure your words, or you'll start to see a laser pointer at my forehead from the Netflix legal," he said.

"Netflix has been amazing about it. They were excited about it before the strike, they're excited about it now, post-strike. Yes, I got called, the, 'How's it coming along?' the minute the strike was over, 'You about ready…?' Been meeting regularly with Francis Lawrence and his team to refine a draft to go back in. We're all optimistic. We all love it. It's a great big sprawling nightmare world we wanna see real. So, here's hoping. I would love to have an update for you soon."

Lawrence reckons his Bioshock could have what it takes to break the famous video game adaptation curse.

"First of all, I think it's one of the best games ever created. It's also, I think, one of the most visually unique games ever created," he previously told Collider.

"The other thing, and one of the things that always appeals to me, is it is very thematic. There are real ideas and philosophies underneath the game property, and it's 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."

What is BioShock about?

The BioShock premise is:

"The game is set in 1960, and follows Jack who discovers the underwater city of Rapture. Built by business magnate Andrew Ryan to be an isolated utopia, the discovery of ADAM, a genetic material which grants superhuman powers, initiated the city's turbulent decline.

"Jack attempts to escape, fighting ADAM-obsessed enemies and Big Daddies, while engaging with the few sane humans that remain and learning of Rapture's past. The player, as Jack, can defeat foes in several ways by using weapons, utilizing plasmids that give unique powers, and by turning Rapture's defences against them."

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