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Post by Dan @ 04:00pm 30/06/10 | 15 Comments
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.

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Posted 04:10pm 30/6/10
I know Half Life 2 would make for pretty epic saga if they did one.

I don't see the need for hardcore R rated production though. You could pull it off as an MA15+ movie with some effort and still make it pretty damn good. I suppose it's up to the movie makers...
Posted 04:17pm 30/6/10
Bioshock in the USA would of been R rated though?
Posted 04:32pm 30/6/10
It seems like they've taken a glance at Bioshock, seen the FPS aspect of the game and instantly assumed that it's a gorefest, and that's why people played it. Why are they pushing an R rating, when the very thing that made Bioshock great was it's atmosphere. it's characters, and it's story, which would all be easily achievable within the constraints of an M rating.

I will be extremely disappointed if this turns into a gore horror/slasher film, because that will not do justice to the extremely beautiful and rich atmosphere that Bioshock created.
Posted 04:41pm 30/6/10
it probably has something to do with killing little girls?
Posted 04:57pm 30/6/10
Gore isn't what comes to my mind when I think of BioShock. It's the unique setting. I don't see why it needs to be R.
Posted 05:16pm 30/6/10
Harvesting the little sisters...
Posted 05:27pm 30/6/10
Isn't an R rating in America in between our M and MA+ ratings, and their PG13 is pretty much the same as our M without the naughty words and tits?
My understanding of their wacky scheme was as such
PG..... ...PG
.............. M
.............. MA
NC17... R

tho i think nc17 is now Unrated?
Posted 05:32pm 30/6/10
^ This

A s***load of MA 15+ movies in aus get R ratings in the US, meaning that it will probably get an MA rating over here
Posted 06:18pm 30/6/10
They aren't really equivalent ratings, they shouldn't be compared like that.

Also, Bioshock had a s*** story. It was the SS2 square peg shoved into the round hole that was a retro Sci-Fi look.

Most of the game mechanics were basically copy and pasted from SS2 and a story was hacked up around them and it shows. Instead of the AI controlling them, they all went crazy. The adam did it. Ugh.
Posted 06:46pm 30/6/10
What a fool! He needs to get in more and play some quality video games.
Posted 07:42pm 30/6/10
I know Half Life 2 would make for pretty epic saga if they did one.

I don't see the need for hardcore R rated production though. You could pull it off as an MA15+ movie with some effort and still make it pretty damn good. I suppose it's up to the movie makers...

Hell yeah, Half Life would make an awesome movie. Isn't the original Aliens "R"? I think a decent HL movie would be similar.
Posted 07:51pm 30/6/10
Who would be the crowbared love interest though? The girl from Bioshock 2? I for one hope this movie never gets made because it'll just bastardize the series
Posted 08:07pm 30/6/10
Isn't the original Aliens "R"? I think a decent HL movie would be similar.

Just checked my collection and Alien is M rated.

So something like Alien with a chestbusting scene can still be a M then a BioShock movie can certainly be lower on the rating scale.
Posted 09:16pm 30/6/10
I hope they discard the game storyline and just use the setting. I don't think movies based directly on game story lines work because its just rehashing old ground which has to be filled with what they can work into that framework rather than coming up with a narrative where everything is integral. Despite gamers wanting to watch a live action version of a game they are fond of, its probably a bad idea if you want to make money and have a big budget.

The smartest thing would be to make a film about the downfall of the city because the setting is what was truly brilliant about bioshock (and the setting is what created the atmosphere)
Posted 09:15pm 30/6/10
The plot in the game wouldn't really suit a movie. The setting along with maybe a part of the backstory or something would be the way to go.
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