Gore Verbinski Making BioShock Movie

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Publisher Take-Two has inked its first movie deal. According to Variety, underwater corridor FPS BioShock is getting a big Hollywood film adaptation.

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The biggest film-to-game deal since Peter Jackson's ill-fated Halo movie, the BioShock Universal produced flick will be helmed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. Universal is in talks with Oscar nominated scribe John Logan (The Aviator) to do the script. Verbinski has been talking with BioShock creator Ken Levine on a regular basis about the project, but no word what official capacity he'll take. Verbinski says he plans on making an R-rate film and work will begin once there's a quality script.

About BioShock, Verbinski says, "Of all the games out there, I think Bioshock is the one that's the most engaging. I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that's cleverly unveiled to players is brimming with cinematic potential."

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BioShock's great and all, but perhaps Verbinski needs to play some more games. He has! Portal, he's played that, and seems to have his eye on turning that into a feature film getting involved in possibly making games: "I hope to make it up to Valve. "Portal" is one of my favorites. For now, it's just an open dialogue about how far we can push this thing."

While we're not entirely convinced Verbinski has the directing chops (Doesn't BioShock need more than just a stylist?), we pretty sure this film is going to open up a floodgates for even more big time Hollywood film adaptations. For better or worse, for better or worse.

Verbinski Interview [Variety]

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How to say this...

I love the Hitman games. The first one, not so much. But Silent Assassin, Contracts &Blood Money are hugely important games to me. I love 'em to death, and I've done the whole SS rating on every level thing.

I still waited for the movie to come to video. This isn't some new and insightful truth - video game movies suck ass. BUT:

This is the dude who took a frickin'

theme park rideand turned it into the awesome Pirates of the Carribean. 'Course the 2nd and 3rd sucked ass, but that's more a comment on sequels than this fellow's potential for turning a property into enjoyable cinema.

Of

course it'll likely suck, but there's a glimmer of hope that it may not. I for one am heartened by his commitment to make it R-rated. Not to say that'll make it the first good game movie - Silent Hill was R rated and that wasn't exactly high art.

There's a glimmer of hope, that's all I can say.