It looks like Netflix’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated BioShock movie is finally gaining momentum. According to a recent Deadline exclusive, Netflix has selected Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence to direct the film.
Lawrence is best known for directing Catching Fire and both Mockingjay films. He is also set to direct the upcoming Hunger Games prequel film The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes for Lionsgate. Additionally, Lawrence has already worked with Netflix on the forthcoming Jason Momoa-led film Slumberland, which will release this November.
He also directed I Am Legend, Water for Elephants, Constantine, and Red Sparrow.
Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence tapped to direct the BioShock movie
Besides Lawrence reportedly circling the directing job, Netflix has also chosen Michael Green to adapt the script. Green has written films like Blade Runner 2049, Alien: Covenant, and Jungle Cruise.
In February, Netflix first announced its partnership with the video game holding company Take-Two Interactive and the game publisher 2K to produce a BioShock movie. The streamer has been searching for A-list talent to adapt the video game, which is world-renowned and critically acclaimed. Deadline reports that this specific job and writing assignment has become one of the most sought-after jobs in the industry.
Lawrence is currently filming The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, so for now, Green will work on adapting the script so that Lawrence can jump in after he wraps the Lionsgate film in 2023. For now, it appears that the Netflix film will adapt the first video game in the series. I’m guessing if all goes well, Netflix will also adapt BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite.
For those unfamiliar with BioShock, it is a retrofuturistic video game series set in a dystopian landscape that blends sci-fi and horror elements. The first game is set in 1960 and follows lone plane crash survivor Jack who discovers an abandoned underwater city formerly known as Rapture.
Business magnate Andrew Ryan initially intended for Rapture to become a utopia for the social elite in the 1940s, until wealth disparities, isolation from the surface world, class warfare, and the creation of a gene-altering serum known as “ADAM” led to Rapture’s eventual downfall.