Irrational’s Ken Levine has opened up about the BioShock film that once was. The video game movie, which once had Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski as its helmer, is totally, and officially dead.
Back when the film was first announced in 2008, there were some promising signs that this could be good and successful. The director was keen to maintain the adult tone and themes of Irrational’s 2007 game. But that quickly changed.
At a BAFTA talk last night promoting BioShock Infinite, Levine explained what happened with the project. He was the one who personally cancelled it.
“There was a deal in place, and it was in production at Universal – Gore Verbinski was directing it. My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film – which is like a 17/18 plus, where you can have blood and naked girls. Well, I don’t think he wanted naked girls. But he wanted a lot of blood. Then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film.”
After that the studio brought in another director, but Levine didn’t trust the new direction of the project.
“So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it.”
It’s great to see that Levine didn’t give in easily. He had/has a certain vision for this video game film and instead of submitting into the pressures of Hollywood executives, he pulled the plug on the whole movie. It’s impressive.
Levine also mentioned that the adaptation may still happen one day, “but it’d have to be the right combination of people.” Hopefully he finds what he’s looking for.