One of the few video game adaptations that I was looking forward to was ‘Bioshock‘ as it truly had a pretty built up story included in the game which could be followed and made into something great. Would you kindly tell me why it didn’t happen? Director Gore Verbinski (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’,’The Ring’) has graciously done just that when he was recently asked about the film during a Reddit Ask Me Anything(AMA.) Sadly, it boiled down to creative differences as Universal Studios did not seem to want to make the same movie that Verbinski and series creator Ken Levine had in mind when they worked out the film’s rights.
At least we no longer have to wonder if it was a budget or prior commitment issue which were the two leading rumors when it first was canned.
Here’s what happened to ‘Bioshock’ in Verbinski’s own words:
“It’s an R-rated movie. I wanted to keep it R rated, I felt like that would be appropriate, and it’s an expensive movie. It’s a massive world we’re creating and it’s not a world we can simply go to locations to shoot… We’d be building an entire underworld universe. So I think the combination of the price tag and the rating, Universal just didn’t feel comfortable ultimately. At that time also there were some R rated, expensive R rated movies that were not working.”
We’ve seen quite a few films go R-Rated after ‘Deadpool’ did so well at the box office so is there a chance we could still end up seeing this happen down the line?
“I think things have changed and maybe there will be another chance, but it’s very difficult when you’re eight weeks away from shooting a movie you really can see in your head and you’ve almost filmed the entire thing, so emotionally you’re right at that transition from architect to becoming a contractor and that will be a difficult place to get back to.”
It sounds like the entire process has quite discouraged Verbinski off of a future stab at the film. That isn’t to say it won’t happen at all or without him but I suspect that if we ever do see it come to the big screen that he won’t be sitting in the director’s chair.
On the flipside, after ‘Warcraft’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ it still stands to reason that video games are still a hard sell in bringing to the big screen.
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Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!