Bioshock Director On Progress And Tone Of Adaptation For Netflix

Bioshock director Francis Lawrence talks the progress and tone of the upcoming adaptation for Netflix

Bioshock director Francis Lawrence talks the progress and tone of the upcoming adaptation for Netflix. Bioshock of course began life as a trilogy of video games. However the rights have been acquired by Netflix for another attempt at adapting successful games to screen. There’s a chance Bioshock may well prove more readily adaptable than some games? The game’s setting is an underwater city called Rapture. However it’s it’s also a period piece and has a ton of philosophy, morality and extreme science. That sounds like a decent movie to me, if the script is any good? I still remember what Netflix did to Resident Evil after all.

Talking with Collider, Lawrence initially spoke about the progress of the scripting process.

“Well, Michael Green, who wrote Blade Runner 2049, among other things, and who’s been a friend of mine for years, he’s writing it, and he’s in the middle of writing it right now. We already have our take, outline, and all that kind of stuff, so that’s all done. He’s now just actually writing. That’s why I said it’s a real possibility of [it] being what’s next.”

Therefore, no sign of when production could get underway on Bioshock for now. Here is what Lawrence said when asked what he thought would make Bioshock a great movie?

Why Bioshock?

“First of all, I think it’s one of the best games ever created. It’s also, I think, one of the most visually unique games ever created. The other thing, and one of the things that always appeals to me, is it is very thematic. There’s real ideas and philosophies underneath the game property, and it’s really, really, really thought out. A lot of games may have a great world of some kind, or they may have a great lead character, or they may tee you up for great set-pieces, but they don’t really have the ideas, they don’t have the kind of weight and the gravitas that Bioshock does.”

“The sort of combo of real ideas and philosophies mixed with the unbelievable aesthetic of it. Plus, one of the other things that I love, love, love is that sort of strange mashup of genre, the idea that you have what feels like a period piece, mixed with body horror, mixed with sci-fi. It’s one of those great mashups, and I think it can be really unique and really beautiful and really entertaining.”

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Asked about the tone and rating, Lawrence says he’s being left to get on with it by Netflix.

“There’s always discussions about rating and tone. I don’t want to get into it too much now because it’s pretty early on in the process, but I certainly have not felt stifled in any way, or sent in any directions with Netflix. I mean, basically me and Cameron [MacConomy] who works with me, and Michael are getting to do what we want to do, which is great. A lot of it is staying really true to the game itself, and we’re talking to Take-Two [Interactive] and Ken Levine.”

What do you think of his comments as Bioshock director Francis Lawrence talks about the current progress and tone of his Bioshock movie? As always , leave any thoughts below. Bioshock was one of my favorite ever games, so I hope we get a decent movie, for once.

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