BioShock is a video game full of such brilliant concepts and striking visuals it has seemed like a cert for a movie adaptation ever since it was first released in 2007. Yet that movie has still yet to materialise a decade later. This despite the fact that a film version was announced in 2008, to be directed by Pirates Of The Caribbean 1, 2 & 3 helmer Gore Verbinski.
Verbinksi is currently doing the PR rounds for his latest film, A Cure For Wellness, and on the Reddit movies thread, he revealed why the BioShock movie was shelved… and how close it came to being made.
“Well it’s no short answer to that question but we were eight weeks prior shooting when the plug was pulled. It’s an R-rated movie. I wanted to keep it R-rated, I felt like that would be appropriate, and it’s an expensive movie. It’s a massive world we’re creating and it’s not a world we can simply go to locations to shoot. A Cure For Wellness, we were able to really utilise a variety of locations to create the world. BioShock it wouldn’t work like that; we’d be building an entire underworld universe.
“So I think the combination of the price tag and the rating, Universal just didn’t feel comfortable, ultimately. At that time also there were some R-rated – expensive R-rated movies – that were not working. So I think things have changed and maybe there will be another chance, but it’s very difficult when you’re eight weeks away from shooting a movie you really can see in your head and you’ve almost filmed the entire thing, so emotionally you’re right at that transition from architect to becoming a contractor and that will be a difficult place to get back to.”