System Shock is an all-timer in the halls of gaming history. The Cyberpunk experience blew everyone’s damn mind in 1994. It introduced players to a world that took the best parts of Blade Runner and other cyberpunk era films and made it into a very tasty cocktail of all those hardwired parts. Now, Greg Russo has been selected to write and direct a film adaptation of the property.
The synopsis for System Shock via Wiki goes like this:
The game is set aboard a space station in a cyberpunk vision of the year 2072. Assuming the role of a nameless security hacker, the player attempts to hinder the plans of a malevolent artificial intelligence called SHODAN.
If you grew up during the release of this game and were able to play, you know that this was a singular experience. Although, Deus Ex featured the same world of hackers and cyberpunks nothing ever matched the same weight that System Shock carried.
System Shock will premier on an upcoming streaming platform via binge.com. It will aso mark the beginning of original content for the platform.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the fantastic team at Binge and Nightdive Studios to bring the iconic System Shock franchise to life,” Russo told Deadline. “I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to make my directorial debut, and I finally found it.”
Russo is the perfect person for a project like this. He has proven time and time again that he really gets the culture. As a gamer, he certainly understands the conversation. Russo’s Mortal Kombat nicely captured the savage world of the battle between Outworld and Earthrealm. Sure, it wasn’t perfect due to the lack of actual tournament, but he still managed to capture the gore and martial arts.
What do you think about Russo taking over for a System Shock adaptation?