Saturday, May 10, 2008

BioShock Movie in the Works

Yesterday, 2K Games announced that it has entered into an agreement with Universal Studios to bring their exceptional first person shooter, BioShock, to the silver screen.

BioShock will be directed by Gore Verbinski, the director of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (well, the first film was good...), and the studio is in talks with John Logan (Gladiator), to pen the screenplay.

No release date has yet been announced.

While I think it's excellent to see such a high profile game get the royal treatment by being paired with a great studio and high profile director, I have strong doubts about what they can achieve, assuming the film will be a direct adaptation of the game itself.

Why? Because the exceptional atmosphere and story of BioShock are not just portrayed through the wonderful art-deco world or the game's audio logs, BioShock is as effective as it is because it is being experienced directly, first hand, by the player. To make it into a film will remove this hands-on element, that core necessity to the experience, and though I hope I'm wrong, I truly doubt it can have the same impact to a viewing audience.

Time will tell, of course, but what I want to see, what I really want to see, is Captain Jack Sparrow as a Big Daddy trying to drill his Little Sister undead Monkey. What?

Original story spotted at TeamXbox.

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