BioShock Movie - Officially Canned...

Apr 17, 2009
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The BioShock movie seemed to come to a screeching halt when studio executives decided to find a cheaper place to shoot the film and a new director. According to a report from Variety, it appears Universal Pictures is negotiating with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the director of zombie flick 28 Weeks Later, to direct the BioShock movie.

The film was originally going to be directed by Gore Verbinski, but since the studio decided to move productions overseas, he stepped down from director, and is now listed as a producer instead. While Fresnadillo is not as well known as Verbinski, it’s nice to hear some news regarding the flick. Hopefully this movie will be better than all the other video game movie adaptations.
 
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BioShock film still "an active thing," says Ken Levine

BioShock mastermind Ken Levine has confirmed that a movie adaptation of the underwater shooter is still on the cards, though conceded it is impossible to determine when – or indeed, if – it’ll actually happen.

Chatting with the folks at DC radio station 106.7, Levine commented, “I will say that it is still an active thing,” adding, “And it is something we are actively talking about and actively working on.”

However, Levine added that this doesn’t necessarily mean for certain that a movie will transpire: “I can’t tell you whether — you know, the movie business is complicated — I can’t tell you whether it’s going to happen for sure or it’s not going to happen for sure,” he continued.

“But it’s something we are actively discussing, quite actively, and actively working on.”

Elsewhere, the developer also touched the various challenges involved in creating a BioShock film, most notably the fact the game’s protagonist, Jack, is virtually a non-entity throughout the entire adventure.

“You can’t really do that in a movie,” said Levine. “That’s your guy, that’s the guy you are following through.”

He added that attempting to ensure the film stays true to the game’s vision would prove a “super, super challenge”.

The BioShock film is to be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
 
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Gore Verbinski explains why BioShock film sank without trace

A movie adaptation of BioShock has failed to emerge from the depths due to director Gore Verbinski being unable to find a suitable backer willing to invest in a flick that adhered to the series’ R-rated roots.

Speaking to the chaps at ComingSoon.net, the Pirates of the Caribbean director said he was unable to find anyone interested in coughing up the dough for the project, and didn’t fancy plumping for a PG-13 rated effort.

"I couldn't really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating," he revealed.

"Alternately, I wasn't really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you're still shivering and going, 'Jesus Christ!'... It's a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the price tag is high. We just didn't have any takers on an R-rated movie with that price tag."

Elsewhere, he also stated his belief that the film would have been perfectly suited to a 3D viewing experience:

"[Bioshock] would be a great movie to do in 3D,” he said. I'd like to go into that world wearing a pair of glasses. I think in general, gaming is perfect for 3D. Anything where you're the protagonist. The kid in 'The Shining' on the big wheel, going around corridors. That's what 3D is perfect for. To make people feel on-edge."