You’ve probably heard the news. But if you haven’t the Bioshock Movie is in the works. That’s right. Netflix is behind it, but we can’t wait to tell you more about the juicy details. The rumors, the confirmed information and everything in between.
We’ll also touch on the Bioshock Movie that never was, and we’ll go on a trip down memory lane for the actual game in question. Are you ready? We sure are…
But before we dive into the most recent news about the Bioshock Movie, let’s take a closer look at the source material.
Bioshock Game VS Bioshock Movie
Yes, we’ll get to the Bioshock movie in just a moment. But what’s so special about the game that inspired it?
Developed by 2K Boston (later Irrational Games) and 2K Australia, and published by 2K Games, Bioshock is a 2007 first-person shooter game. And actually, it’s the first in the series that consists of three main games. Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite. The game series is one of the best-selling series of all time (with more than 30 million copies sold), and it’s one of the most beloved too. Furthermore, the BioShock games combine first-person shooter and role-playing elements. Giving the player freedom for how to approach combat and other situations.
But the game itself is considered a spiritual successor to the System Shock series and is set in 1960. However, BioShock received critical acclaim upon release. And was particularly praised by critics for its morality-based storyline, immersive environments, and its unique setting. Today it is considered to be one of the greatest video games ever made. And a demonstration of video games as an art form.
Not to mention, you can pick and choose your favorite Bioshock game here at IndieGala. Just click here and pick the best one for you. Whether it’s, Bioshock (here), the sequel called Bioshock 2 (here), or the third installment, Bioshock Infinite. Just click here.
And now let’s get back to the main topic of this article.
The Bioshock Movie: News, details and rumors
Well, it finally happened. After the success of Arcane and The Witcher (more on that here), Netflix is expanding the video game adaptations to the movie portions of its streaming content. Thus, the Bioshock Movie adaptation was announced. It’s a live-action movie, and according to the streaming device, the plans for it have been brewing for almost a year.
“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.” 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.”, says Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick.
Concept Art by Kasra Farahani for the failed movie
But the movie isn’t the only BioShock project in the works. Cloud Chamber is working on the next installment, which will be the first full game in the series since 2013’s BioShock Infinite.
Chris Evans In The Movie?
Yes, you read that right. According to an inside source for Giant Freakin Robot (a news outlet about games and pop culture), Chris Evans is to star in the Bioshock movie. Of course, the media outlet states that nothing has been signed or confirmed so far. But it also mentions that the negotiations are still in progress with the actor. Not to mention, still, it’s unknown what story they are adapting for the BioShock movie, since there are no screenwriters or directors attached to the project. Like Marvel audiences have seen in recent years (hey we love Marvel here), BioShock has its own Multiverse, leaving a lot of room for storytelling possibilities.
And Evans is no stranger to projects from pre-existing IPs. Prior to him becoming Captain America in the MCU, he was Johnny Storm / Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies. And if he gets himself in the Bioshock movie that would be awesome. Well for him and his fans.
The Previous Failed Attempt….
Yup. This is not Hollywood’s first attempt to do a Bioshock movie. Oh no. The origins of the first BioShock film go way back to 2008. Less than a year after the original BioShock video game was released to store shelves. Universal Pictures hired Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski to helm the feature. And additionally, John Logan, the screenwriter behind movies like The Aviator, was tackling the script. But in 2009 the movie got the boot by the studio, and the reason for that was budgetary concerns. Also, Verbinski stepped out of the director’s chair due to his inability to film BioShock overseas while also working on Rango. And because he thought that the movie should be R-Rated. The studio didn’t agree with that, however, and according to his words, nobody around Hollywood wanted to finance such a project afterward. Despite the BioShock games being so popular.
And yes. BioShock had the misfortune of emerging during a bleak period for video game movies at the box office. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was a financial flop, and so was In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Hitman: Agent 47 was a great disappointment (financially and critically) and yes. Max Payne wasn’t so stellar either.
So… Will Bioshock Movie Be A Success?
It’s too early to know. It depends on the cast and the crew. But we’d like to know your opinion of this video game adaptation. Let us know in the comment section.