IGN had a quick spot
with director Gore Verbinski recently and managed to flush out a little on the progress of the BioShock movie he's attached to as producer.
His musings are a little peculiar as while it sounds like the film they want to make for BioShock might have some of the right stuff, other comments seem to indicate that they're not really familiar with many decent video games.
"No, I think BioShock's a rare one because it's actually a great story," he said. "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."
BioShock had a great story and all, but to suggest that's a rare quality among modern games is rather discrediting to so many other awesome narrative-driven titles of recent years.
Besides, almost every mediocre video-game to film adaptation so far has almost completely discarded the game's storyline anyway -- a factor that many see as their biggest failure.
"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," he explained. "So we're trying to figure out a way working with [director] Juan Carlos [Fresnadillo] to get the budget down and still keep so it's true to the core audience, you know? The thing is it has to be R, a hard R."
"We don't want to dumb it down, we don't want to make it PG-13. We want to keep it really edgy, and it's a huge bill," Verbinski insisted.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for good hard-R movies, but is that really essential to something like BioShock, given the game was rated MA15+ here in Australia? The Dark Knight achieved success as a PG-13 film with a similar tone to what most gamers would expect from a BioShock film, is it really necessary for the subaquatic adventure to be a gruesome slasher if the rating comes at the cost of the films effects budget? This isn't Left 4 Dead or Deadspace. What do you think?
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still attached to direct BioShock.