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Gore Verbinski May Quit BioShock
May withdraw due to budget/location

02 June 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Los Angeles Times

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It's been over a year since Gore Verbinski signed up to direct BioShock, but it now looks as though he may not end up wielding the megaphone when the game adaptation goes in front of the camera.

Speaking to the LA Times, Verbinski said, "The bottom line is it has to shoot out of the States for budget reasons, and my schedule may be prohibitive. There's a great script and a really interesting cast. It really comes down to the financial model now. Big movies are just not being shot in the States. I'm weighing whether I can physically go the U.K. or Australia or one of those other places with a tax rebate for a year-and-a-half."

Given that this is that rare thing, a game that could actually form the basis for a decent movie, and given that Verbinski's the guy who made a theme-park ride based film work with Pirates of the Caribbean, it'd be a shame if he left the project. But if he does, who else would you like to see bring BioShock to the screen? And could this be the game to break the curse and form the basis for a decent movie?


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The Who's Who for Bioshock
Well Chris Nolan is my first choice, this man could make anything. Ridley Scott would create a great atmosphere for the film. But at the end of the day Gore Verbinski is a top choice and I don't see any available director that would be up to the task. Possibly Robert Rodriguez could be up to the task. More

Posted by Calsterman at 08:56 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

woah
i only just heard about this after months of thinking "hey, if somebody made an adaptation of BioShock i'd bet it'd be really good". To be frank I think we should keep our fingers crossed for Verbinski, it's right up his street, i mean the cinematography style is prefect for him. I don't think Del Toro would be such a good idea, Del Toro's an exhibitionist he's a little bit too flamboyant for something so cold and understatedly creepy. I guess Len Wiseman could pull it off, Danny Boyl More

Posted by Bizz90 at 07:32 on 03 June 2009 | Report This Post

Mike Newell?
Prince Of Persia, Harry Potter 4, (upcoming project) Lone Ranger.... he has the blockbuster chops to be able to do this, and to do it pretty well. Not to mention the fact that he is also a remarkably nice chap and I would love to see him get the job! More

Posted by movie_manic_1983 at 23:03 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

As long as they cast Adrien Brody
as Jack, Then I'll be happy. More

Posted by Flanboy at 17:44 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

As long as they cast Adrien Brody
as Jack, Then I'll be happy. More

Posted by Flanboy at 17:44 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

As long as they cast Adrien Brody
as Jack, Then I'll be happy. More

Posted by Flanboy at 17:27 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

Tim Burton seems like a good idea. It'll probably end up going to someone like Francis Lawrence, though, who seems to get the amazing ideas for films brought to him so that he can make a half-arsed effort out of it. What about JJ Abrams? More

Posted by cluesy at 15:14 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: How about...
Gotta be Gilliam. Doubt he'd be arsed about it though, what with it being a video game 'n' all. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 15:13 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE: How about...
Yeah Uwe Boll would be ideal for this he has a good eye for this type of film(only joking). John Carpenter hasnt done anything worthwhile in years so a big no to him. Guillermo del Toro would be my first choice but it would seem that he just has too much on his plate at the moment. Luc Besson? Not sure on that one to be honest,  I mean Leon and the Fifth Element were impressive but could he make this work? Now Tim Burton sounds like a wise choice, Bioshock is set in More

Posted by jermreen at 13:51 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

How about...
Luc Besson? If it's a strong visual that's required, he's a pretty good choice, and as long as he can turn the volume down on the palette he uses, maybe even perscribe to subtlety rather than bang for your buck, there could be some fantsically haunting images produced. More

Posted by fuzzcaminski at 12:58 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

Easy...
Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet? I have no doubt in my mind that the creators of Bioshock watched 'The City of Lost Children' and used the film as a creative reference point. The only other choice in my mind is Terry Gilliam who may find time around his development work on 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'. More

Posted by designedforlife at 12:20 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

Gilliam! Or Burton!
You need someone with a very stylistic type of imagination, so go for Gilliam or Burton! Bekmambetov would also be a good choice, as fuzzcaminski says. More

Posted by genlock at 12:14 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

Paul W.S Anderson?
He's pretty good at fucking up good ideas! More

Posted by The Equalizer at 11:49 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

here's an idea
John Carpenter? it's perfect for him i think More

Posted by maxthom at 11:34 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

I'm with britesparc on this one, Cuaron should get the gig. Or maybe David Lynch:-) More

Posted by yossarian at 11:34 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

If only he didn't have so much already....
Guillermo Del Toro would be a brilliant shot for this! More

Posted by samshepherd at 11:32 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

If Verbinski does leave it'll be a shame, but I'd like to see someone like Alfonso Cuaron tackle it. Someone with a track record, who can handle the darkness and the cinematography. More

Posted by britesparc at 10:09 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

It's a tough one, really you'd like a director with experience of large budgets, and special effects, Gore was a pretty good choice, Timur Bekmambetov would be a pretty good choice, but he's pretty buy with Moby Dick I imagine right now. Either of the Scott's would make a decent job of it, Ridley being the one i would imagine to create a better slice of fried gold. Fincher i think could do a staggeringly good job on this, i've been hoping he'd move in to Sci-fi for so long now, and this has the More

Posted by fuzzcaminski at 09:35 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

I know he already has a lot on his plate
But what about Guillermo Del Toro (if I spelt his name right dammit)? Of course there could be some hint of Bayhem in there too...now that would be interesting to see... More

Posted by Noelg25 at 09:27 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

think about it...
Uwe Boll??? More

Posted by turkishheadstand at 09:13 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Shame cos he's good with water and Bioshock has water. Other directors good with water? Peter Weir, Wolfgang Petersen, erm.... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 08:30 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

Sigh
My concern is that, right now, Ratner's rubbing his hands in anticipation. Want to rent a hack? rent a ratner! More

Posted by inkedbeatnik at 08:30 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

Oooh thot of perfect! Michel Gondry!!! More

Posted by livinlaj at 08:19 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

Chris Nolan!!!!!! or Bryan Adams... no meant Singer... u can see why I get confused at times. More

Posted by livinlaj at 08:16 on 02 June 2009 | Report This Post

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