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Bioshock Movie Finally Sunk
Game adaptation no longer afoot

16 November 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Industry Gamers

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Bioshock Movie Finally Sunk

A couple of years ago there was big talk of a movie based on Bioshock, the series of crazy art-deco steampunk underwater shooters from Irrational Games and Take-Two. Colossal budgets were, er, budgeted, and Gore Verbinski was attached to direct. But nothing happened, and Irrational honcho Ken Levine now says that there's "no longer a burning desire" to get Bioshock made

Bioshock was actually one of the more intriguing prospects for the game-to-film journey, given its potential for amazing design, and its weirdly Ayn Rand-like anti-utopian ideas. But concerns over the immense costs (rumoured to be north of $160m) were raised during Verbsinki's tenure, and he bowed out when it seemed the film might shoot outside the US to save cash.

Verbinski did, however, remain aboard as producer, and there was talk of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo taking over behind the cameras until a run of other potential Fresnadillo films seemed to indicate that he was no longer interested.

The rest was silence, and while as recently as last May Levine was saying the Bioshock film was "still in the conversation", he now admits that the talking has basically stopped. "We got very close to getting it made," he says. "We had a deal [at Universal] and a director, but we don't have a need to get it made just for the sake of getting it made."

If the film were to eventually happen, Levine stresses that, "It's really got to be something that will both give the fans something that they want, and introduce people who don't know Bioshock to something that is consistent with the game. It has to be a good representation."

So no cinematic Big Daddys or Little Sisters, Pipe Mania, Vita-Chambers or drowned Xanadus for the time being, but at least it seems the abandonment is down to quality control. Levine has a past as a screenwriter, so it's not impossible that Bioshock will resurface as a movie in the future. And in the meantime, Bioshock Infinite is out next year. 


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RE:
A bioshock origin story movie wouldve been good. Not sure about verbinski but del toro wouldve realky done something memorable i think More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 09:16 on 17 November 2011 | Report This Post

Both dissappointed it will not be made yet and happy that it is so, becouse the writers may have changed too much that fans would'nt recognise it from the game they played, look at how much they changed Resident Evil from game to screen, adding new charators who were not in the game. More

Posted by white mage at 20:58 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

Finally they speak some sense.
I'm always a little apprehensive about game-to-film adaptations, but I was rather looking forward to a Bioshock movie (especially when Verbinski was attached to direct). Although I'm slightly disappointed that it's not going ahead, I am extremely happy that, because they have "no desire to do it", they've actually decided not to do it, rather than the studios going ahead with it anyway just to make money. Basically what I'm saying is, I'd rather no film than a crap one. More

Posted by Whistler at 16:58 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

epic shame
theres actually an article in PC gamer that says the opposite. but i suppose ill put the link here to save empire doing the work eh? http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/15/ken-levine-says-biosh ock-movie-could-still-happen/ still, if it doesnt see the light of day im glad its down to Levine guarding his creation from idiot film directors, as Gore couldnt direct himself out of a paper bag. Frankly im dissapointed as i love Bioshock. such a shame, but i guess theres more of a market for dumbed do More

Posted by nyallh at 13:21 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

It's for the best. It would need an Avatar-esque budget, and that's a Heaven's Gate-style risk. Cameron might have made it work (twice at that), but expecting someone else to do so is insane at best. Add in it being a video game movie... More

Posted by John Firth at 12:54 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

They should have let David Lynch loose on this thing
That's pretty much all I've got to say about that! More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 09:44 on 16 November 2011 | Report This Post

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