After announcing that it would be making a live-action bioshock film, Netflix has announced that it is moving beyond the ocean.
Twitter announced that the streamer will partner with 2K, Take-Two and other companies to create a live-action adaptation Ken Levine's popular immersive simulation. The sim is set in an underground city meant to host the best minds on Earth before it descends into chaos.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, no filmmaker or writer is currently involved in the project. However, plans for the movie are being made for nearly a year.
Concept Art Offers a Glimpse at the BioShock Movie That Could’ve Been
BioShock was created in 2007 to be a spiritual successor of SystemShock. The game is set in Rapture, a fictional underwater city. Players were mysteriously drawn into its depths to discover a shocking story about how a city that was meant to be a safe haven for the powerful and wealthy became a hell underwater.
BioShock is considered to be one of the most important games of its decade. Two sequels were made, BioShock 2 & BioShock 3: Infinite. Cloud Chamber is currently developing a new BioShock video game, without Ken Levine.
Strauss Zelnick is Take-Two's CEO. He stated, “Netflix ranks among the most forward-thinking and creative storytellers in entertainment today.” We are honored that they support our vision and dedication to BioShock, which is beloved worldwide by millions.
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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Netflix + BioShock We ask that you please stay tuned.
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) February 15, 2022
BioShock has been long a Hollywood target. Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean's director, was quickly attached to a live action movie. According to THR, the project was put on indefinite hold by Gore Verbinski due to a R-Rating as well as the planned budget.
These issues are no longer a problem as R-rated blockbusters continue to become more common and Netflix is keen to build a stable of well-known franchises. We'll soon be moving under the sea.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN News Editor. Kim can be reached at @lawoftd.