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Gore Verbinski Is Off Bioshock
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is on (probably)

24 August 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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We told you a couple of months ago that Gore Verbinski might quit the videogame adaptation Bioshock over budget and location concerns. That sad eventuality has now come to pass, with Variety reporting that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in talks to take over. Verbinski will remain as a producer.

Bioshock's mad art-deco steampunk underwater designs were always going to require a hefty chunk of budget if the film was to match the game for spectacle, but the studio Universal were apparently concerned that projected costs were already north of $160m. 

The decision to save cash by filming abroad forces Verbinski to bow out, since he's contractually stuck on home turf directing the animated Rango for Paramount.

Fresnadillo made his Hollywood debut writing and directing 28 Weeks Later, but his attachment to Bioshock makes more sense in the light of his Spanish film Intacto, and his work producing films for the likes of Alejandro Amenabar and Julio Medem.

The game has its share of action, obviously (it's a shooter, after all) but is based around some intriguing Ayn Rand-inspired anti-Utopian ideas. Plenty for a director with a philosphical bent to sink his teeth into. Fresnadillo's getting the gig is dependent on the approval of game producers Take Two, but he surely won't have to fight too hard.

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Jack Sparrow enters Rapture in the Bathosphere...LOL! I'm kind of glad a more thinky director's taking over. There's a lot that needs building on from the game to make a film worthwhile. More

Posted by LouisBond at 18:33 on 07 February 2010 | Report This Post

RE: meh
L: thepluginbaby I'm not a massive fan of Bioshock. An imaginative art-deco underwater city is all its got going and thats not necessarily the key to a great movie. psycho plastic surgeon who can't help but perform "one more tuck", an insidious gangster who wants the power - currently held by a man who believes that ethics and morality are a hindrance to human advancement, an Irishman desperately searching for his wife and child, a composer and artist who finds the true beauty in h More

Posted by Arfpint at 21:32 on 24 August 2009 | Report This Post

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a great story doesn't count now apparently? More

Posted by SolarDave at 14:50 on 24 August 2009 | Report This Post

@ LBBT: I rather he concentrated on something other than Pirates 4 - Pirates 2 & 3 were not very imaginative/fun/entertaining. @thepluginbaby: I quite like Bioshock, I can't seem to complete it though. Gonna try my hand at Crysis, but I'm more of a World in Conflict/C&C/Total War/Warcraft/Civilization/Sim City/Champ Manager/Company of Heroes type of player. Maybe Gore V. can try a SimCity movie, or even better, 'Championship Manager: The Movie'? More

Posted by VijayUK at 14:40 on 24 August 2009 | Report This Post

I'm not a massive fan of Bioshock. An imaginative art-deco underwater city is all its got going and thats not necessarily the key to a great movie. More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 12:14 on 24 August 2009 | Report This Post

Is it just me or does Gore now have all the time in the world to do Pirates 4, cause Pirates 4 would be nothing without Gore. But it's just me thinking:P More

Posted by LBBT at 09:14 on 24 August 2009 | Report This Post

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