10 Reasons Why ‘BioShock’ Can Finally Become A Movie Franchise

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It’s been just short of a decade since the first BioShock game hit shelves in 2007. Since then, there’s been one sequel and a spiritual successor, finishing the franchise and Irrational Games as a studio despite strong sales and critical acclaim.

When talk of video games being adapted into movies gets started, BioShock is routinely upped to the top of many lists. And for good reason. It has a tight, compact visual style complemented by some of the best, artful writing and storytelling of any medium in the last decade. It’s beloved for that and many other reasons.

But plans to turn the BioShock games into movies quickly became a non-starter a few years ago, when Ken Levine killed the project due to creative differences with 2K Games and Universal (which we’ll get into later). For some fans, that’s a relief considering the terrible record of video game movie adaptations built up over the years, including 2016’s Warcraft and Ratchet and Clank, which were both disappointments.

Others, though, still want to see a film studio bring the magic of BioShock to an even bigger audience that the games couldn’t reach, especially since we’ll most likely never get a BioShock game from its original makers ever again. And as BioShock Collection drops today, here are some reasons why you should consider rooting for these games to finally get the big screen treatment they desperately deserve.

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Jon Negroni

Jon Negroni

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  • Worldmind

    Great article! I only ever played halfway through the first Bioshock game, things came up, life got in the way lol… But it was so enjoyable and engrossing. I’ll seriously have to revisit Rapture soon 😉
    The thought of a Christopher Nolan Bioshock just makes me drool. I doubt that will happen, but it just HAS to happen. For a second I thought Danny Boyle, but then maybe not. Nolan? Yes please.
    The point you made about the game already being almost like deep cinematic experience, made me think of Uncharted (another game I only played the first one lol). A lot of comments about that were like “There’s already a great Uncharted movie, it’s on the PS3!” But hopefully they can bring something unique to that film.
    If this new wave of videogame movies can – fingers crossed – turn the tide for the genre (I’m hoping for great things from Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider and Uncharted) then future films I would also looooove to see are METROID and HALF-LIFE. Somebody get on that! :)

    • Worldmind

      Guillermo del Toro would also be great, but he’s always got a thousand projects going on. Maybe Peter Jackson? What’s he busy with right now?

    • Jon Negroni

      Danny Boyle…well, maybe. He needs a good screenwriter to keep him in check.

      I hope you check out BioShock in full sometime! This is the perfect time to do it, actually, because the BioShock Collection just came out for consoles and PC. It includes the three games remastered (well the first two, I think), along with some DLC content, I believe.

  • Calum Sanderson

    Christopher Nolan? No.

    And I refuse to accept Infinite as canon. Bioshock is Rapture and nothing else. I couldn’t care less about Columbia.

    • Tweed

      You’re quite alone in that opinion, I’m afraid.

    • Tweed

      You’re quite alone in that opinion, I’m afraid.