Why the BioShock movie was doomed to fail

Director Gore Verbinski explains why Little Sisters didn't make the big screen

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“I just wanted to make it a movie,” said director Gore Verbinski of his plans for a big-screen BioShock adaptation, “where, four days later, you're still shivering and going, 'Jesus Christ!'” That was Verbinski's goal when planning to shoot Ken Levine's acclaimed fable of underwater Objectivism: make it as scary as the game, or don't bother making it at all. Speaking to movie site ComingSoon.net, Verbinski frames his decision to leave the project as a refusal to compromise on the game's core elements.


Above: Verbinski was adamant: the BioShock movie should be as disturbing as the game

Verbinski knows from scary – and how to do an adaptation right. His Ring remake opened the floodgates for a slew of Hollywood spins on the J-horror genre. BioShock, he explains, would have been just as disturbing. “I wasn't really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version,” he explains. “The R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing.” But nobody was more scared than the folks with the money: what was required, Verbinski explains, was “a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn't have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag."


Above: Clearly Verbinski never thought of just asking, “Would you kindly fund my gruesome, terrifying underwater epic?”

A BioShock movie hasn't been ruled out: 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still attached to the project. But with no sign of a cast or release date, the pic looks stranded in the one place worse than a sinking Rapture: development hell. Meanwhile the movie of Atlas Shrugged – famously a major influence on Levine's ideas for BioShock – just launched a teaser trailer which clearly makes it look like one of the worst things ever. There ain't no justice.

Would you watch a BioShock movie? What do you think of Verbinski's ideas? Just how terrible is that Atlas trailer, huh? Let us know in the comments.

Feb 15, 2011 

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