The previously announced BioShock movie has landed I Am Legend and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence. Netflix made the announcement yesterday confirming Lawrence will serve as the director of the upcoming cinematic adaptation of the beloved video game alongside an acclaimed screenwriter.
Netflix announced via Twitter that Francis Lawrence has been confirmed to direct its BioShock movie. The screenplay will also be written by Michael Green, who worked on films like Blade Runner 2049, Logan and the American Gods TV series.
Netflix announced via Twitter:
“BioShock — our live-action feature film adaptation of the renowned video game franchise — will be directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Slumberland) from a script written by Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049, American Gods).”
The BioShock movie was first announced earlier this year, though no talents had been assigned to the adaptation yet. It’s unclear which game in the series it will be based on, but it currently encompasses a trilogy of games including BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite. It’s safe to assume that the story will be based on the first game as it kicks off the series’ story and is the most familiar to many fans.
As far as video game to movie adaptations go, the success rate has been very low. An admirable attempt was made with last year’s Mortal Kombat live-action outing but it fell short of being exceptional. However, Hollywood has slowly made progress on that front with movies like Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu being noteworthy and arguably solid adaptations.
In the hands of Lawrence, who directed a few terrific blockbusters, the BioShock movie could stand a chance. Coupled with an acclaimed screenwriter like Green, fans are hoping that this will be a good effort.