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Gore Verbinski Is Out Of Pirates 4
But staying at sea for Bioshock instead

08 April 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Gore Verbinski turned himself into a blockbuster director when he helmed all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and made them into worldwide successes on a quite ridiculous scale. But now he's announced that he won't be returning for the fourth instalment, due to shoot next year, instead focusing on video game adaptation Bioshock.

We like to think that this is because Verbinski realised he couldn't face getting his head around another mega-complicated Pirates plot, instead heading for a nice sensible story like that of Bioshock. Y'know, set in an alternate 1960 where a plane crash survivor called Jack finds himself in an underwater city called Rapture and has to survive encounters with the mutated inhabitants and drones that now populate it, thanks to a mysterious substance called ADAM that is extracted from sea slugs that gives them psychic powers and mutant physical abilities. Still, at least there are no more ghost pirates, eh?

Verbinski's also working on animated film Rango, which reunites him with Pirates star Johnny Depp in a voice role, and developing film versions of Clue (aka Cluedo) and a story about fantasy role playing games and the real-life effects of addiction to them.

As for the news that he's off Pirates IV, we're a little torn. On one hand, it's a shame that the gang won't be back together for the third sequel; on the other, maybe fresh blood will help the franchise. And it's worth noting that while no one has ever made a good film from a video game, no one had ever made a good film from a theme-park ride before the first Pirates, so maybe Verbinski is the right person for Bioshock.


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L: Bluehawk Finally a good director for a videogame remake instead of some obscure European amateur who thinks he's ''artistic'' by totally ignoring the look and story of the original game. Look at Watchmen: that's how a story should be refilmed. Pretty damn awesome result, would be fucked up in any other way. Erm ok...I am pretty sure Silent Hill was quite faithful and look how that turned out, and one of the problems Watchmen had was the faithfullnes in some areas. More

Posted by Deviation at 21:02 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Watchmen
i though Watchmen was shit, by the way. oop's More

Posted by Horrorguru at 20:04 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

BIOSHOCK, At Last.
As my name dictates i am a Horror guru, so i do dabble in the Survival horror genre. BIOSHOCK is fucking awesome, brilliant game, however i fear that because the film is going to cost a lot of moola to make that the studios might insist on a shit PG-13 movie aimed at 14 year olds. However maybe if Verbinski does what Christophers Gann's did with the underated SILENT HILL adaptation we might get something really special, fingersw crossed. It is true that most game to video movies are shit, the re More

Posted by Horrorguru at 20:03 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
They should never have made Pirates 2 and 3. They should have seen the obvious thing - that the most entertaining part of the first film was Captain Jack and gone for different adventures each film like Indy rather than the whole omfg we need everyone back from the first one thing. God i hated Orlando Bloom and Kira Knightly in those films. More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 17:22 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Fucking hell, a /i] POTC?! They should stop where they are. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 16:41 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Verbinski's off the film? Good that leaves the door wide open for Brett Rattner to come onboard! More

Posted by grucl at 15:11 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Oh, I think I'm ranting...
The game was okayish, but I really don't think its as good as people make it out to be because it was essentially just another shooter. The only thing it had was decent art direction and a couple of freaky moments. What I hated most about the game was how it has allusions of being emotionally deep and complex when all it gives you is a series of black and white moral choices of save the little sister, or kill the girl for your own selfish benefit... I'll guess they'll ramp up the gore for this More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 15:11 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Finally a good director for a videogame remake instead of some obscure European amateur who thinks he's ''artistic'' by totally ignoring the look and story of the original game. Look at Watchmen: that's how a story should be refilmed. Pretty damn awesome result, would be fucked up in any other way. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 13:53 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I'll be (Bio)shocked if this film is as shit as the other gamefilms.
Would you kindly not make another Pirates movie please More

Posted by drugstore at 13:40 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

I'll be (Bio)shocked if this film is as shit as the other gamefilms.
bioshock, of all games, has a lot of potential for a film. if hollywood makes crap out of this, then it's them, not the games at fault for all these dung-heaps of adaptations. (well.. them, Uwe Boll and Christian Slater - though the latter comes under Hollywood still - just about - anyways.) More

Posted by Adrian at 13:29 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

From HIS perspective, leaving pirates was a very wise decision. The last two films were a little limp and the very idea of them somehow carrying on the plot after the end of the third film seemed really daft anyway. But bioshock? how weird.....i mean, it's a good game and everything but going from Pirates to a computer game adaption almost seems like a massive step down. but who knows? he could pull it off. More

Posted by astoroth at 13:23 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Spot on Jack'sSmirkinRevenge
If he's fucks this up i'm gonna fucking flip. There is hope though. Its a very cinematic game. Great characters, AMAZING story and visually jaw-dropping. All they have to do is get the protagonist right and leave the rest as it is. More

Posted by shanewire at 13:23 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wrong way round
L: Jack'sSmirkinRevenge I wish this news was the other way round. He should have stuck with Pirates 4 and left Bioshock. I'm not a Pirates fan, I just wanted to see him fuck up another film I'm not going to watch, rather than one I really want to see. Bioshock could be a great film, but I just can't see Verbinski pulling it off. It should be dark as fuck, but with Verbinski attached, it just feels like it already has '12A' written all over it. sp; You've obviously never seen The Weathe More

Posted by rayhiggins at 13:20 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Wrong way round
I wish this news was the other way round. He should have stuck with Pirates 4 and left Bioshock. I'm not a Pirates fan, I just wanted to see him fuck up another film I'm not going to watch, rather than one I really want to see. Bioshock could be a great film, but I just can't see Verbinski pulling it off. It should be dark as fuck, but with Verbinski attached, it just feels like it already has '12A' written all over it. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 13:15 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Get rid of Keira, get rid of Bloom, get rid of the idiot pirates, get rid of just about everyone else... and let's have a film about the star, one Captain Jack Sparrow, please. A nice, simple, self-contained story, just like the first one. Then maybe we can forget that the first two sequels even existed......................... More

Posted by Evil_Monkey25 at 11:33 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

both good news and bad news
Good news being Verbinski is definitely the man to make a game like Bioshock into one of the best movies possible...bad news is the fact they have actually gone ahead with a 4th Pirates movie... More

Posted by Noelg25 at 11:07 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

The first Pirates was excellent, the next two sucked. I don't think it was Verbinski's fault though: his direction is assured throughout. Frankly, the plots were WAY too confused, with too many characters, and they were too long. But I think Verbinski himself may have been a bit like Raimi in Spidey 3: more or less required to do what the studio/producer tells him. A fourth, Jack-centric film, might be alright, but it won't atone for the dreadful previous two. More

Posted by britesparc at 10:14 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Good news
Maybe now we won't have to endure another case of 'The Gang's All Here!' to borrow a phrase from an old Empire Blog. I love the original PotC, but there's no denying that Verbinski took the sequels in the absolute wrong direction. Hopefully if the film doesn't slide into development hell then it can get someone on-board that knows these films should have strived to be the latter-day Indiana Jones (i.e. self-contained episodic stories with only one or two of the characters returning with each More

Posted by O_Goncho at 09:53 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Good news
Double gosh-darn posting bleush. More

Posted by O_Goncho at 09:53 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Never been a good video game adaptation? You've yet to watch Mortal Kombat I see... More

Posted by Ste7enForever at 09:28 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Gore ain't the only gang member not returning. Keira said no to it a while ago, and as a result i'd be suprised to see Bloom's character back, but never say never. The reality is that this will be a film about Captain Jack, something that they should have done after the first film. Also would it hurt to hire writers that don't get confused by their own plots. Come the second film setup a whole Empire Strikes Back thing, only to quickly paper over the cracks in the third. Elizabeth and Jack never More

Posted by SorryIndy at 09:09 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

the pirates trilogy was good but not great they should stop at the third one although a jack sparrow spin off would be good More

Posted by toonfett at 08:49 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Booo! Despite its faults, I liked the Pirates trilogy. Now I'm starting to get a bit dubious More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:32 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

Jesus...
Pirates 4 shoots next year?! Now that's depressing. I'd hoped the franchise had died with the trilogy. Are all the original cast REALLY returning for it? The pay day for them must be HUGE for them to sell out on this. More

Posted by discodave101 at 08:27 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

I'm glad.
BioShock needs his utmost attention if he's to pull it off! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 08:13 on 08 April 2009 | Report This Post

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