Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) has been trying to set up a big screen adaptation of the "BioShock" video game, but has failed to raise money over and over again. It's still a passion project for him, but one that he knows will likely never happen.
"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. "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."
Verbinski added that he's not too interested in 3D technology, but admits it would have been perfect for "BioShock." "I'd like to go into that world wearing a pair of glasses," he said.
That's always the main issue, you get a good script, R rated, requires heaps of money. By then the production companies would want it to be PG13 so anyone can see the film.Thus increasing their audience and profit!
masht7writes: on February 13th, 2011 at 4:20:02 AM
But it depends on what company picks the project up.
Kudos for Gore for wanting gore in this. Even though I'm saddened that I won't be seeing a BioShock-movie, I'm glad that I won't be treated with a PG13-version.
I'm sure 3-D would be the best fit for BioShock. Those of you that have played the game know that it's very colourful and by inserting 3-D, and therefore dimming the light, it would do the movie a great injustice.
mbh911writes: on February 13th, 2011 at 2:54:58 PM
As much as I love both bioshock 1&2 games I'm kinda glad the movie is delayed cause I'm afraid Hollywood will turn it pg13 and add glitter on big daddy to attract the twilight tween fans
with the way uncharted is being treated i'm glad no one is backing this.
minkowskiwrites: on February 13th, 2011 at 4:15:29 PM
Yuo're going to have to wait for a nother generation of producers to come along with a more open mind to making decent video game movies. They just won't throw lots of money at them, and with Verbinski holding out, rightly so, for an R-rated version, it's easy to see why the film isn't getting produced. Same for Halo.
well i'm glad he didn't become a sell-out for pg-13 (however as we know sometimes you can make that rating work)
Atemiskwrites: on February 13th, 2011 at 6:05:49 PM
This is highly respectable in my book. PG13 ruins more than a couple movies. But beyond that if you can't do it right, then don't do it at all. No reason to drag a good game and his good name through the mud just because these jackasses want a PG13 tag.
darkraven28writes: on February 13th, 2011 at 11:01:23 PM
He ought to take a page from Oliver Stone and try for overseas financing, like Stone did for Alexander. Alexander cost tons, and while it wasn't successful really at all, Stone still got his budget. Given that Verbinski has a better recent box office record than Stone, I think if he followed Stone's financing example he just might have a shot. Just sayin'.
dont give up looking for someone to fund this movie. the games were awesome and it could be a very good movie if done correctly.
struck21writes: on February 14th, 2011 at 1:44:14 AM
Wish more writers/directors would stick their guns on R rating vs PG-13. Die Hard completely sold out in their last movie and I believe their attempt at a script for an R rated fifth movie was shot down.
Hollywood needs to understand that people want to see the true vision for the movie before the director cut Blu-Ray.
Good job. I'm never get excited for video game movies but kudos on sticking with it man.
Bioshock was a brilliant game. Geniunely scary especially if your smoking copius amounts of marijuana. I'd love to see this as a film as long as the director doesn't use P.O.V shots and make it look like that shoddy Doom film with the rock
zyban03writes: on February 14th, 2011 at 9:55:15 AM
^ I agree, I really liked this game as well, but if your gonna make this a film don't hold back and make it right. R rating for sure.