Bioshock Movie News: Nowadays, games have been subject for film adaptations. Not only does it offer interesting storylines, but it also attracts a huge target audience, first being the avid fans of that certain game.
Not many games are given that privilege though, as most games being translated into the big screen are those with a sequel or two. Bioshock, definitely fits in to that criteria.
Now an even bigger franchise since the release of Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock seems an interesting yet natural progression for this award-winning collection of stunning games. Pirates Of The Caribbean’s Gore Verbinski was set to direct before he dropped out, and in March of 2013, it was cancelled completely after the box office failure of the R-rated Watchmen.
Universal were wary of spending too much on an adult-themed movie, and suggested a less expensive, $80 million version of Bioshock instead. Verbinski refused to accept a lower budget, so a new director was brought in and swiftly carted back out again. As of today the project has, disappointingly, been canned – by none other than Bioshock’s creator, Ken Levine.
As of May 2012, Levine did mention that there is potential hope for the BioShock film to be made someday, even if an adaptation is not as necessary, especially compromising for a film version that both he and the studio will agree to make. In an interview, Levine didn’t mention Fresnadillo, but he did nod to Verbinski’s time working on the adaptation, as well as what it will take to get a BioShock movie made:
“The thing with Gore [Verbinski] didn’t work out, but there’s no such thing as ‘it’s finished’ when it comes to making a movie out of something.”
“We don’t have any need to get a movie made. We’d like to have a movie made, but it would have to be the right one, and we’ve had the opportunity to get it made and unless all the right pieces are in place – it’s hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place. If you don’t start with the right pieces, you don’t have a prayer.”
“We’ve had a lot of great talks with great people about it. We got close to great people, but you always have to have all of those pieces in place and that’s going to be very challenging. It’s a moving puzzle, but I’m going to be continually talking to people about it. It’s definitely something that’s still in the conversation.”
“It may happen one day, who knows,” Levine said of the stalled project, “but it’d have to be the right combination of people.” To see other potential candidates, watch the video below:
Woody Harrelson, hinted to star as Bill McDonaugh, was asked about the current progress of the film, he said “Nothing is confirmed so far, if they decide to push through with the project, my line is open”.