The film adaptation of the critically acclaimed first-person shooter game BioShock will be produced by Universal Pictures, directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), and written by John Logan (Gladiator), 2K Games has confirmed.

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According to Next-Generation, no release date has been announced, but pre-production has already begun.

"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," said 2K Games president Christoph Hartmann. "In addition to his impressive body of work, Gore is an avid videogamer and true fan of BioShock. That was extremely important to us in deciding to move forward with this project."

BioShock won numerous Game of the Year awards in 2007, particularly for its sophisticated story, art direction and use of plasmid power-ups. A sequel was announced for release in 2009.