Live-Action Adaptation of BioShock to Be Produced by Netflix

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Netflix has revealed an upcoming live-action movie production of the retro-futuristic video game series BioShock.

The streaming behemoth has announced that it will collaborate with 2K and Take-Two on a live-action adaptation of the well-known immersive sim set in an underwater city supposed to be home for Earth’s most remarkable minds before plunging into turmoil developed by Ken Levine. 

The film’s cast and crew have not yet been announced, even though plans for the project have been in motion for one year. 

BioShock is a video game from 2007, released as a successor of SystemShock. The game sets an intriguing story about how players were pulled towards the depths only for them to uncover what lay beneath. Rapture turned out not so much of heaven on Earth as it seemed; instead, it’s home for scary giants known as Big Daddies who now roam around looking to wreak havoc.

Without developer Ken Levine, a new BioShock game is being developed under the banner of Cloud Chamber. 

“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,” says Strauss Zelnick, CEO at Take-Two, in a statement.

“2 K’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,” Zelnick continued.

For some time now, BioShock has been aimed for a Hollywood adaptation. Briefly following the pilot of the first game, Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean director, wanted to do a live-action movie. However, producers put the project on hold due to the director’s planned budget and R-Rating, and eventually, the project was laid aside entirely.


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