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BioShock movie adaptation stalled because of need for R rating

So what happened to all those plans for a BioShock movie? At one point it was reported that the film adaptation of Irrational Games' first person shooter was being held up by a budget that was too high. Now in a recent chat over at ComingSoon.net the movie's now former director Gore Verbinski we find out there was another reason for the delay.

According to him, "I couldn't really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating. Alternately, I wasn't really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version." We can certainly see his point that any BioShock movie that would be true to the game's vision will indeed have to be bloody and scary in order to work.

BioShock movie still stalled on budget issues

The last time we heard something about the BioShock movie things seems to be going well. The film, based on Irrational Games' hit first person shooter, had secured a new director (28 Weeks Later's Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) last year. However it looks like things are still tied up in terms of the movie's budget

IGN chatted with the movie's producer Gore Verbinski who stated he and the movie's studio Universal are working with Fresnadillo to " . . . get the budget down and still keep so it's true to the core audience, you know? The thing is it has to be R, a hard R." He adds, "We don't want to dumb it down, we don't want to make it PG-13. We want to keep it really edgy, and it's a huge bill."

Movie director Gore Verbinkski to help develop games

The movie version of BioShock may currently be in limbo but that hasn't stopped the film's schedule director Gore Verbinski from being interested in games. In a new article on the Los Angeles Times web site he reveals that he has plans to help develop original game titles with his production company.

So what will his games be like? According to Verbinski, "Some of the stuff we're doing is taking a conventional [first person shooter] experience and tweaking it in a way that hasn't been thought of before. We looked at it from a different angle and changed the experience. " He adds that he has some other ideas as well. " . . . we're doing big epic narratives that are four quadrant experiences. And then we're doing some really radical thinking. That's more difficult to fund immediately, but we're think-tanking it because we feel like there's tremendous potential."

Verbinski has hired a former Pandemic Studios designer to work on game projects for his production company and Universal Studios has a first look deal at those game projects.

BioShock movie on hold; studio looks to cut costs


One of the most anticipated game-to-movie translations has hit a snag. Variety is reporting that the upcoming film adaptation of 2K Boston's FPS BioShock has been put on hold at Universal Pictures. The reason is a familar one: cost.

Variety reports through unnamed sources that while the film was deep in pre-production it would have cost $160 million to film the movie in Los Angeles as previously planned. Now Universal and the movie's planned director Gore Verbinski are looking to make the movie outside the US in order to lower its planned budget. The story claims that both the movie studio and Verbinski are determined to have the BioShock movie avoid what happened to the Halo film adaptation which was permanently shut down due to budget issues.

Is the BioShock movie moving forward?


Publisher Take Two Interactive made a big deal out of the fact that movie director Gore Verbinski had signed on to direct a movie version of their hit action game BioShock over a year ago. Now Verbinski is reported to be fast tracking the BioShock film as his next project over a "sure thing" sequel.

Variety reports that Verbinski has turned down an offer to direct a fourth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series for Disney. He directed the first three movies which together have grossing a whopping $2.6 billion worldwide. The article says Verbinski is likely to direct the BioShock film next for Universal Pictures. The movie already has a script from John Logan but there's no word on when production might begin. Meanwhile the game sequel BioShock 2 is due for release this fall.

Universal to make movie based on MMO gamer article

Hollywood is getting interested in not only the game industry but the people who play games as well. Variety reports that Universal Studios has acquired the rights to a 2007 Wall Street Journal article about the "online fantasy role-playing world and its detrimental impact on the real lives of players." Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski has been picked as the director.

The script from Steven Knight is based on the WSJ article written by Alexandra Alter. The article itself is about a 53 year old man who plays online games 20 hours a day. Verbinski is already attached to direct the movie adaptation of 2K Games' action title BioShock.

BioShock to inject the silver screen with healthy dose of plasmids


Much like the main character when he enters the undersea city of Rapture, the executives out in Hollywood seem to have gotten plasmid fever. Thankfully, though, this isn't the literal fever of the game (which can only be assuaged with more plasmids), but rather the development of a BioShock movie.

The movie is being produced by Universal, and is being helmed by Gore Verbinski, whose works include the highly popular movies The Ring and Pirates of the Caribbean. It's also (possibly) being written by John Logan, whose screenplays have been nominated for and won Academy Awards (such as the scripts for Sweeney Todd and The Aviator). The future is looking brighter all the time.

[Via Joystiq]
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