Sunday, 16 March 2014

Cinematic Bioshock

After the release of the game last year, there have been many rumours and speculated conversations concerning the cinematic adaptation of Bioshock: Infinite, and there is no real reason why it wouldn't work.

Although some dedicated gamers may be quick to disagree due to the fact of previous game to movie adaptations which were not so true to the game or successful, such as Resident Evil; there were an awful lot of mixed opinions of the movie, gamers seemed to not be huge fans of it whereas general action movie goers seemed to give positive feedback. But a Bioshock movie would require a whole different audience for it to be appreciated, of course the fight scenes would be generic, high budget action scenes; but a deep, complex storyline will also need to be understood to take the movie in completely.

Many people appreciate that the game in itself is almost a movie experience, it's a complete mind-grabbing experience, I myself had to complete it in the course of one day as I didn't want to stop and distract myself from the story line. This leads to one of my main concerns; what would be done with the script? Would it be adapted by already established script-writers or would it be left to the creators of the game? I feel as if the game creators should write it themselves should the opportunity arise, in case they try and turn the script into an average action blockbuster instead of the story it is. The script in my opinion should also show the audience a tiny bit more into Booker's life just before he is sent to Columbia, a short history lesson about Columbia should also be described to Booker when he arrives by a local, with a focus on the political and religious intentions of the civilians in the floating city.

Cinematography will play a big part in this movie, the visuals could make or break it. The movie would need to be very bright to capture the beauty of Columbia, a shot that I was keen to share that should be included is an almost identical shot from "Man of Steel", where Jor-El (Russell Crowe) looks over his burning planet. A re-enactment of this with Elizabeth looking over Columbia once released from her captivity would be fantastic.

One of the main questions is who would play the two main characters. In my opinion Courtnee Draper, the voice actress, could just as well play Elizabeth phsyically as she did with her voice; she looks just like her and is already a proven actress in many films and television shows. 
Booker DeWitt has many more options in terms of who could play him; my two favourite for the role would be Michael Fassbender or Jake Gyllenhaal, both immense actors who genuinely have a physical resemblance to the character and can hack the seriousness of the role.

"The mind of the subject will desperately struggle to create memories where none exist…"
―R. Lutece, Barriers to Trans-Dimensional Travel, 1889

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