When was the last time you saw a video-game movie that sucked? What’s that you say? ALWAYS? Yes… me to.
Apparently one of the biggest selling video game franchises in the last 5 years, BioShock, was set to be scripted into its very own movie release with Gore Verbinski.
Verbinski recently said that the BioShock movie idea, at least penned by his hand, has fallen down dead, and here is why:
“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.”
The fact that Gore (I call him Gore, we are buddies) respected the source material enough to realize that it has to be dark, scary and horrifying in addition to complex and deep makes me want him to make the movie all that much more.
I can’t imagine BioShock, done well, wouldn’t sell in the $150+ million range, but you would need to fully flesh out the world and political perversions of the BioShock universe.
I love, love, love the lore of the BioShock games… if you aren’t familiar with it, read the Wikia page on it, it’s fascinatingly deep… unfortunately I wasn’t that fond of the actual gameplay itself.