Gore Verbinski explains why Bioshock movie never got off the ground

first_imgIt’s been over three years since we first heard that Gore Verbinski of Pirates of the Caribbean fame was planning on adapting Irrational Games’ 2007 dystopian classic Bioshock to the silver screen. Unfortunately, since that announcement, the Bioshock movie has become yet another example of a video game property undergoing Hollywood development hell. The last we heard of the project was six months ago, with Verbinski stepping down into a producer role and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo stepping up to direct. Half a year later, an Bioshock is no closer to production… and now Verbinski is talking about the difficulties he’s had bringing it to the screen, and strongly implying that the whole project has been canceled.“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he explained to Coming Soon. “Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, “Jesus Christ!”… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”For haters of Hollywood’s sudden obsession with 3D, though, maybe that’s a good thing, because Verbiniski pictured the film as a 3D spectacle.“[Bioshock] would be a great movie to do in 3D. I’d like to go into that world wearing a pair of glasses. I think in general, gaming is perfect for 3D. Anything where you’re the protagonist. The kid in ‘The Shining’ on the big wheel, going around corridors. That’s what 3D is perfect for. To make people feel on-edge.”In other words, Verbinski wanted a lot of splicers jumping out of the screen. Maybe it’s best if Bioshock remains a video game property after all?Read more at Coming Soonlast_img read more