Popular games turned into movies are nothing new; popular games turned into movies that actually ends up being good? Yeah, that’s pretty rare, especially when you have one man (and you know who you are) going around trying to single-handedly destroy the very notion of a “good movie” being produced out of videogames. The latest game in line to get the movie treatment is “BioShock”.
More about the game:
BioShock is a first-person shooter video game by 2K Boston/2K Australia—previously known as Irrational Games—designed by Ken Levine. Set in an alternative history 1960, the game places the player in the role of a plane crash survivor named Jack, who must explore the underwater Objectivist-dystopian city of Rapture, and survive attacks by the mutated beings and mechanical drones that populate it. The game incorporates elements found in role-playing and survival horror games, and is described by the developers and Levine as a “spiritual successor” to their previous titles in the System Shock series.
I’ve never played BioShock (I don’t play a whole lot of games nowadays, alas), but I have seen the commercials for it, and it seems like something that could work ala “Silent Hill” or “Resident Evil”.
A reliable source within a major film production company has told Joystiq that the two have been getting along famously, with a movie adaptation of 2K’s successful franchise already being discussed by the Big Daddies internally.
The studio hopes to bring the fallen aquatic utopia of Rapture to celluloid life through extensive use of green screen technology, an approach not dissimilar to Legendary Pictures’ interpretation of 300. If the computer generated approach is deemed feasible and fitting, the focus can then shift to capturing BioShock’s secondary (and uninhabited) characters. While it’s not guaranteed to move beyond these early stages, this project has our full support, if only so we can see M. Night Shyamalan’s face when he gets out-twisted.
Could work, if it happens. The commercials certainly make this thing look novel enough…