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Francis Lawrence Reportedly Tapped for Bioshock Film

Francis Lawrence has been reportedly tapped to direct the Netflix adaptation of Bioshock. Joining him as screenwriter is Michael Green, of American Gods and Logan fame. Let’s take a look at what this means for Netflix in their current financial and subscriber climate, looking to the future of the company.

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Francis Lawrence has been reportedly tapped to direct the Bioshock movie. A hot property after Netflix announced their plans to adapt the popular franchise, it would appear the company are singling in on Lawrence as the man to lead the project.

Alongside Lawrence, writer Michael Green will be working on the script. Among his works are the development of American Gods, and the scripts for Blade Runner 2049 and Logan. These works provide an insight into the skill of Green working within speculative fiction that explores more heady themes.

With Francis Lawrence directing the project, it is a duo that will understand working with IP alongside honouring the source material.

Francis Lawrence will be tackling the complex world of Bioshock

Francis Lawrence will be tackling the complex world of Bioshock

Francis Lawrence and Bioshock

The important point to look at when exploring what Francis Lawrence will bring to the table with Bioshock rests with his previous works. Beginning his career in promotional work, he established himself as a commercial and music video director. This is important because Bioshock relies on visuals to convey much of its world. Lawrence then went on to direct films such as I Am Legend and continued The Hunger Games franchise.

What does mean from a business perspective? To studio executives, they will see Lawrence’s successes in previous IP adaptation and translate them to their own ambitions. With Bioshock, Netflix will be looking to please fans of the franchise while also using the IP as an opportunity to draw in new or returning subscribers.

As has already been made public, the company has lost almost a million subscribers. So, the reliance on major IP is an important factor for the company and Francis Lawrence has been tapped to help them grow once more with Bioshock. 

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It is also important for the company to bring in A-list talent. Netflix is intrenched in the adaptation game with mixed success. For every Castlevania, we get a Cowboy Bebop. Therefore, bringing in well qualified and successful talent will draw in a varied audience. It will also increase the likelihood of a quality final product.

Francis Lawrence is currently in production on The Hunger Games prequel and is looking likely to step into pre-production once that film is completed.

So, are you looking forward to the Bioshock film? Enjoy any other Francis Lawrence films? Let us know in the comments!
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So, are you looking forward to the Bioshock film? Enjoy any other Francis Lawrence films? Let us know in the comments!x

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Source: Deadline

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