BioShock, the very popular XBOX 360 game, is being developed into a movie. The movie adaptation was announced a while ago but since the initial announcement there really hasn’t been any other news on the film. Fans are eagerly anticipating the movie but it seems as if the film is in stand still as no new info has been revealed. Well, now The Playlist is reporting that the film is still in development and that producer Gore Verbinski (Pirates of The Carribean) is claiming the film will be a ‘hard R’ film.
“We’re working trying to make it. The problem with “BioShock” was: R-rated movie, underwater, horror. It’s a really expensive R-rated movie. So we’re trying to figure out a way working with Juan Carlos to get the budget down and still keep it so it’s true to the core audience, you know? The thing is it has to be R, a hard R.”
It’s easy to see how it would be hard to keep the budget down. Anyone familiar with the game will know that to put the game on the big screen would be a very costly endeavour. Verbinski continues to talk about the film and goes on to say:
“I think BioShock’s a rare one because it’s actually a great story. Me? I don’t want to make movies based on videogames, but Bioshock’s the one Oedipal, crazy kind of — it’s just got really good bones, and we’re really trying to figure out a way to make it work.”
The film is being produced by Verbinski and Juan-Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) is directing from a script by John Logan (The Aviator). It doesn’t look like the film will get going anytime soon due to the budget problems. Universal probably isn’t running to make this film either considering their last big budget film, Robin Hood, flopped. So while BioShock is still in production I can easily see the plug being pulled on it in the near future.