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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Friday, 09 May 2008

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In a move not so much shocking as it is quick, 2K Games today announced that it has reached a deal with Universal Pictures to have their blockbuster, Bioshock, be made into a feature length film.

Gore Verbinski, who you may remember directed the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, is set to both direct and produce.  The Academy Award-nominated writer of Gladiator, The Aviator, and Sweeney Todd, John Logan, is in negotiations to write the screenplay.

There is no expected release date at this time, but the game BioShock 2, is set to be released some time in 2009.

Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two, was obviously ecstatic.  "We are excited that 2K Games' vision for BioShock will be carried forward in a new medium.  BioShock has been hailed as one of the most highly cinematic and richly plotted titles in interactive entertainment, making it extremely well-suited to film. In partnering with Universal and Gore Verbinski, we have assembled a team that respects the uniqueness of BioShock and will translate it into a powerful movie experience."

"Our ability to attract a major studio and unparalleled creative team speaks volumes about the strength of our BioShock franchise. It also demonstrates how Take-Two is delivering value based on our strategy of creating and owning our industry's most powerful intellectual property."

Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K Games, was also pleased.  "BioShock fans appreciate the depth and complexity of the game, and our partnership with Gore Verbinski will introduce the world of Rapture to an even wider audience. In addition to his impressive body of work, Gore is an avid video gamer and true fan of BioShock. That was extremely important to us in deciding to move forward with this project."

I am so excited to see such an incredible property get picked up for such a project, although I am nervous to see the transition.  But mostly, I'm just happy that Uwe Boll is in no way involved.

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