Rumor: BioShock Getting a Hollywood Adaptation?
2K's video game BioShock easily took the second place prize in Joystiq's Top 10 Games of 2007. During its release back in August, it received wide critical acclaim and quickly topped the sales charts. Obviously when a video game with an incredibly immersive environment and unique story does that well, someone in Hollywood will want to snatch it up and make a movie out of it. Joystiq is reporting just that rumor - an undisclosed "major film production company" is already in talks and may have already secured the rights (but that is entirely unconfirmed). If they maintain the atmosphere that the game presents, then this could be pretty awesome.
Joystiq is reporting that a "reliable source within" said production company told them that it's being discussed, but nothing more. The idea is that they'll use green screens to recreate the world of Rapture, a place that anyone who has played the game knows is quite unique. You can definitely feel how well designed the atmosphere is when you're playing it, and that's only part of what made it so great. I get the sense from reading what Joystiq describes, that this could be something like 300 or Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, but set in Rapture. I definitely love that idea for BioShock - sounds perfect to me!
There were discussions of a Gears of War and Halo movie previously, but obviously those two are all over the place at the moment. To be honest, I think IF (and that's a big if) Jerry Bruckheimer's Prince of Persia movie does well, then it will change the precedent for video game movies and we might start seeing Gears of War, Halo, and BioShock turn out the way we all want. But until then, this sort of rumor is so unconfirmed and so far from actually coming together, that it almost means nothing. But it's fun to speculate about!