“System Shock is an iconic franchise adored by gamers for over two decades and a series that helped redefine what it means to play FPS. [first-person shooter]“. Are words from Allan Ungar, chief content officer of Binge, an upcoming video game-related content platform, which has just announced a promising project to to adapt ‘System Shock’.
Ungar is the director of that unofficial short film about ‘Uncharted’ that we saw in 2018, with Nathan Fillion as the adventurer Nathan Drake, and who excited the fans of the saga, so his name here (as a producer) can be a guarantee for this other project. The plan is to make a real picture series.
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Together with Ungar they participate in the project as executive producers Stepehn Kick y Larry Kuperman, de Nightdive Studios. “I have always believed that a live action adaptation of System Shock would be the perfect medium to retell the heartbreaking story of Citadel Station and its rebellious AI that subjects the crew to an unimaginable horror“, Kick has declared.
The original game, released in 1994, falls under the subgenre cyberpunk and is praised for its accomplished atmosphere, being considered a precedent for hits like ‘BioShock’ (whose long-awaited adaptation was forgotten). It presents a dark future set in the year 2072 and the player takes the role of an anonymous hacker who wakes up from a coma. Assassin robots, cyborgs, mutants and an evil artificial intelligence called SHOAN will cross the path of the hero who, of course, wants to control the planet. It is inevitable to think about the premiere of ‘Matrix 4’; its success or failure may mark the fate of ‘System Shock’ …
On the other hand, it should be noted that the news of ‘System Shock’ comes only a few weeks after Binge announce another ambitious series project: the adaptation of ‘Driver’, the popular game published in 1999 that, among other things, served to restore the cult of film classics such as ‘Bullit’, starring Steve McQueen.