Gore Verbinski May Quit BioShock

May withdraw due to budget/location

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?