Don't Give Up Hope On That BioShock Movie Just Yet

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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.

Gore: Persia Won't Stop BioShock [IGN]

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Seems a lot of people are operating under the presumption it will be a retelling of the first BioShock game.

I would honestly be very surprised if that were the case.

I think the movie would do much better to explore the building and fall of Rapture, exploring it from multiple viewpoints and sides of the conflict.

Strictly translating a game to a movie usually suffers because of the single protagonist. Too much focus on a single person and the audience gets bored.

I think it might be too much of a risk to take a video game, toss in some almost-solitary-character plot, and then hope they can amp up the "creepy" factor enough to make it believable.

There is a rich backdrop to BioShock, and they would be better served in exploring it rather then reproducing an already-told story.