Netflix, 2K and Take-Two Interactive announced on Tuesday that they will partner with make a live-action film adaptation of BioShock† While it’s a potentially exciting announcement, details beyond the film’s existence are extremely light.
There is no release date, and according to Variety, it doesn’t have a director or cast yet. And Netflix’s website says the film is an adaptation of the BioShock franchisewhich leaves open the possibility that it will feature characters and locations from the underwater city of Rapture. could contain BioShock 1 and 2, as well as the sky city of Columbia of BioShock Infinite†
However, Netflix did share a press image featuring a scary Little Sister and an imposing Big Daddy, so it seems like a safe bet that iconic BioShock characters will appear somehow.
2K, which is owned by Take-Two, is also working on the “next iteration” of a BioShock game, although 2K said in the game’s announcement in December 2019 that it would be in development “in the coming years”. Given the continued development of that game and this upcoming movie, it looks like 2K and Take-Two are looking to make BioShock an even bigger franchise than it already is.
“Netflix is one of the best and most forward-thinking storytellers in all of entertainment today,” said Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, in a statement. “We are delighted that they share our vision and commitment to the BioShock franchise, which is loved by millions of fans around the world. 2K’s Cloud Chamber studio is deep in the active development of the next iteration of the series, and coupled with our partnership with Netflix, we remain strongly convinced that BioShock will continue to captivate and captivate the audience like never before.”
At one point, Universal had the right to BioShock to film pirates of the caribbean director Gore Verbinski was attached to the project, but it was eventually called off.