No one can stop Mr. Bubbles from making his big screen debut, not even the underperforming Prince of Persia. Gore Verbinski, the man desperate to bring BioShock to the big screen, is still slaving away at it.
Verbinski, the director of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies and now producer on BioShock's film adaptation—Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now on directing duties—tells IGN that they're trying "to get the budget down and still keep so it's true to the core audience." What does that mean, exactly?
"The thing is it has to be R, a hard R," Verbinski assures. "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." While video game film adaptation Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time may have done so-so at the B.O., Gore thinks BioShock is still ripe because "it's actually a great story."
While we're not holding our breath just yet for BioShock's budget woes to make it possible, if Verbinski's enthusiasm holds, it could happen.