Netflix is going somewhere beyond the sea after it announced it will be producing a live-action film based on BioShock.
In a tweet, the streamer announced that it will be partnering with 2K and Take-Two on a live-action adaptation of Ken Levine’s popular immersive sim set in an underwater city that was meant to house the greatest minds on Earth before descending into chaos.
The Hollywood Reporter says no writer or filmmaker is currently attached to the project, though plans for the movie have been in the works for almost a year.
BioShock was released in 2007 as a spiritual successor to SystemShock. Set in a fictional, underwater city called Rapture, players were mysteriously drawn to its depths only to uncover a shocking history of how a city meant to serve as a safe haven for the rich and powerful became a hell underwater, stalked by terrifying suited giants called Big Daddies.
Considered one of the greatest games of its decade, BioShock spawned two sequels, BioShock 2 and BioShock: Infinite. A new BioShock game is currently in development without creator Ken Levine at a brand new studio called Cloud Chamber.
In a statement Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says, “Netflix is among the best and most forward-thinking storytellers in all of entertainment today. We are thrilled that they share our vision and commitment to the BioShock franchise, which is beloved by millions of fans around the world.”
Zelnick added, “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.”
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BioShock has long been a target for a Hollywood adaptation. Soon after the launch of the first game Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was attached to a live-action movie. According to THR the director’s planned budget and an R-Rating put the project on indefinite hold until eventually plans were shelved.
As R-rated blockbusters become more prevalent and as Netflix is keen on building a stable of known franchises, these issues no longer appear to be a roadblock and we’ll be taking an elevator under the sea very soon.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
Source: IGN Video Games All