BioShock movie adaptation still in the works

News Ryan Lambie
5 Jul 2010 - 18:43

Producer Gore Verbinski confirms that a BioShock film could still surface, with 28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo set to direct…

Word originally surfaced of a movie adaptation of the violent, unusually intelligent videogame BioShock last year, but since then the project apparently sank without trace due to Universal's objections to its potentially huge budget.

But according to an interview with producer Gore Verbinski (who was once set to direct the film), a BioShock movie remains in the works, with 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo still set to helm.

"We’re working trying to make it," Verbinksi told IGN. "The problem with BioShock was: R-rated movie, underwater, horror. It’s a really expensive R-rated movie. The thing is it has to be R, a hard R. We don’t want to dumb it down, we don’t want to make it PG-13. We want to keep it really edgy, and it’s a huge bill."

The news that the film will retain the dark edge of Ken Levine’s original premise is heartening, and while there are aspects of the game’s story that will inevitably have to change in the transition – including one key plot twist, which relies entirely on a subjective viewpoint to work – a BioShock movie could succeed where other videogame adaptations have failed so abysmally.

Set in an undersea utopia gone horribly wrong, BioShock’s story of an unsuspecting plane crash survivor’s encounter with the remnants of a society shattered by the effects of genetic mutation is one of the most cleverly wrought in gaming, and once encountered, its clanking Big Daddies are not soon forgotten.

Done well, the sight of BioShock’s art deco metropolis on the big screen could be a truly dazzling one – and Verbinski’s uncompromising attempt to secure the necessary funds to recreate it can only be a good thing.

More news on the BioShock movie as we get it.



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