The film adaptation of the renowned videogame franchise, Bioshock has received a director. Netflix has tapped Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence to helm the pic with Michael Green adapting the script.
Lawrence directed The Hunger Games films following Gary Ross’ departure after the first film. It became a smash hit and Lawrence has returned to direct the prequel, Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is currently in production and will premiere in 2023.
Green has written or co-written several feature film screenplays, including Logan, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049 and Murder on the Orient Express, all in 2017.
Bioshock‘s concept was developed by Irrational’s creative lead, Ken Levine, and incorporates ideas by 20th century dystopian and utopian thinkers such as Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley, as well as historical figures such as John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Walt Disney. The game blends sci-fi and horror to pose unique existential and societal questions.
Once Lawrence has wrapped production on the Hunger Games prequel, he will jump right into pre-production on BioShock.