Francis Lawrence on his Upcoming BioShock Netflix Adaptation

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BioShock Netflix Adaptation

Producer Francis Lawrence has been toiling away at the BioShock movie. Netflix has acquired the rights to distribute the film, however, plot specifics are yet unknown. The filmmaker recently spoke with Collider about his vision for the film and his appreciation for the video games that inspired it.

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When asked about the game, Lawrence responds, “First of all, I believe it’s one of the finest games ever produced.” “It’s also one of the most graphically distinctive games ever made,” I believe. BioShock: Infinite brought players to the floating metropolis of Columbia, while the prior two games in the series centered on the underwater city of Rapture. 

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The universe that Irrational Games and 2K Games have built is, to put it mildly, unforgettable, and the set pieces for the next film might easily stand in as a character of their own. In a short update, Lawrence said that the development of BioShock is currently in the writing phase.

“Well, my longtime buddy Michael Green is writing it, and he’s now in the midst of writing it. Green is known for penning Blade Runner 2049, among other works. We have completed our take, outline, and other preparatory work. Right now, he’s simply writing. That’s why I stated it had a chance of happening in the near future.”

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Dragon Age: Absolution is the most recent video game adapted by Netflix, and it has been met with positive reception. On December 9, a new series will premiere that will focus on the Tevinter Empire and its many citizens. The first season of Castlevania debuted in 2017, and the show ended after four seasons. A spin-off, Castlevania: Nocturne, is currently in production and is scheduled to debut on Netflix in 2023. With the addition of BioShock, Lawrence intends to follow in the footsteps of other popular video game adaptations for the streaming service, such as The Witcher, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and Arcane.

BioShock’s screenwriter, Michael Green, is no stranger to success on the Hollywood scene. He penned the scripts for the Agatha Christie adaptations Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford, was largely credited to him as a well-written successor to the original. Fans of the BioShock video games will be eager to watch how the forthcoming film adaptation for Netflix pans out.

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