Juan Carlos Fresnadillo won’t be making that Bioshock movie. He was set to direct with Gore Verbinski producing, but as usual the studio and the game company can’t reach an agreement on the rating and the budget.
Here’s Fresnadillo on the matter:
“To be honest, by now, I’m completely out of that, and developing other stuff. Right now it’s on hold. The studio and the videogame company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating.”
The video game makers, Verbinski and Fresnadillo want the movie to be R-rated but the studio is balking. The movie takes place in the 60s in an underwater civilization, which requires lots of sfx and a huge budget. The studio isn’t confident an R-rated mega-budgeted film based on a video game, albeit a popular one, can draw the big box office needed to turn a profit.
This isn’t the only film Fresnadillo was working on that fell apart. He was also going to direct the Crow remake starring Bradley Cooper. Fresnadillo Had this to say about the remake:
“We were so close. I really love him as an actor and a person. But it was an agenda thing. It didn’t match my agenda or [scheduling] so I decided to jump out.”
Once he left, Cooper exited the project as well.
Fresnadillo has now moved onto another project, a remake of Highlander. This is that he said regarding that film:
“I’m developing the possibility of making ‘Highlander,’. I find the concept very interesting, immortality as a curse. We’re using the materials of the universe, but this is some kid of reboot, since the story could use a new approach. Everything comes from the universe of the original film. There will be no aliens!”
He’s referring to Highlander 2 with the aliens comment. In the second film we discover the Highlanders are aliens. It was a terrible idea and the subsequent sequels ignored it.
Getting back to Bioshock, I don’t think that movie will ever happen. At least not with an R-rating and huge budget. If it gets made it will be because the studio brought in someone like Brett Ratner who will water it down and bring it in with a PG-13 rating. So maybe it’s better if it never gets made.