First Look At Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock Movie

Herner Klenthur

bioshock-movieJim Martin has released the concept art for Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock movie and it is absolutely magnificent

If only we did not have to add the word FAILED to the sentence ‘Bioshock Movie’.

Fans have long wanted to see a Bioshock movie but unfortunately that project is completely drowned at this point and we have only Jim Martins fantastic concept art to find solace in.

When Gore Verbinski was working on the Bioshock movie he appeared to be just as excited as gamers about doing the project. Gore promised fans that the film would be R rated and appeal to the gamers at the heart of its popularity not just mainstream America.

In an interview with Variety Gore Verbinski said quote;

We’re prepared to make it an R-rated movie. I don’t intuitively see it as PG-13. The content and the graphic nature of the story itself is smarter than that. It’s not for young kids.

The utopian references and the way the characters and world are drawn in that delightfully inspired Jules Verne and Ayn Rand style places the film in a more elevated realm. It’s the realm of a graphic novel. It has to have that edge. There’s sort of that “Manchurian Candidate” psychological element in there as well.

At the time Academy Award Winner John Logan was working on the Bioshock script reaffirming that this was not going to be another ‘DOOM’.

The last update we had on the Bioshock movie was when BioShock creator and Irrational Games head Ken Levine spoke to Irrational Gamers and told them that despite major efforts the film was officially dead.

“We got very close to having it get made – we had a deal in place and a director. But for us there’s no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made. For us and for Take-Two, it’s really got to be something that will a) give the fans something that they want, and b) for those who don’t know BioShock, really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, and is it going to be a good representation of the game.”

According to Gore Verbinski it was the budget that did the film in and who can fault Ken Levine for not wanting to see the project suffer because of budget cuts. Gore Verbinksi revealed in an interview with the LA Times that the only way the film would ever see life would be if it left the USA and shot overseas something that he was apparently not willing to do.

“The bottom line is it has to shoot out of the States for budget reasons and my schedule may be prohibitive. There’s a great script and a really interesting cast. It really comes down to the financial model now. Big movies are just not being shot in the States. I’m weighing whether I can physically go the U.K. or Australia or one of those other places with a tax rebate for a year-and-a-half.”

For those who have never experience the game Bioshock is set in an alternative 1960, you play a survivor of a plane crash at sea, a crash that sees marooned in the middle of the ocean, except for a strange structure nearby. This is the entrance to an underwater city called Rapture, created by the hugely rich and slightly odd businessman Andrew Ryan.

He wanted to create a perfect society filled with the best of humanity, and in 1950 did just that. As the population rose to thousands, so did its problems, a class system evolved and with it genetic engineering and experimentation for those who could achieve it, and soon all out war.

To soften the blow of the failed Bioshock movie checkout the slick fanmade Bioshock Movie Trailer below. To checkout a slew of concept art from the film go here

[ Via Fearnet ]


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      1. Calum Sanderson January 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

        First look? I don’t actually think its ever gonna happen

      2. William Patterson January 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

        when does this actually come out ?

      3. Dylan Smith January 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        It says summer 2013

      4. Corey Cale January 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        “Coming summer 2013”.

      5. Kelli Miles January 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        No no no sillys its been considered dead its not gunna happen budget is to high and the trailer is not a real trailer but a fan made one oh god i wish they were going ahead with it but gore doesnt wanna go overseas and thats only way they could afford it

      6. Timothy Scott January 20, 2014 at 2:42 pm

        How pathetic…what kind of excuse is that Gore? That doesn’t even make any sense!

      7. Kelli Miles January 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        They dont wanna jip the fans by making it low budget and supposedly he cant see going overseas at present

      8. Jason St-Hilaire January 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        Shawn Laberge

      9. Lee SonOf Gerry January 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        sure the film was cancelled lol this is a fan made film

      10. Shawn Laberge January 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        Hope its good. Lol

      11. Calum Sanderson January 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        Timothy – I find your response completely lacking empathy. Films, especially big budget blockbusters like this would have been, it takes two to three years to make a film. Of course Bishock takes place underwater, and water costs HEAPS to bring in and use on movie shoots. Add to that nearly every set would have to be made from scratch as well as the special an visual effects, the budget was easily $100,000,000, at least. However universal wanted to shoot here in Australia on the Gold Coast (where many films such as The Matrix, Ghost Ship, Bait and many other films) were shot. Gore was uncomfortable with 1) going there for a lengthy shoot away from his family or 2) bringing his family along, presumably making his wife leave her job and taking his kids away from their friends. Also, remember he just spent a good five or so years making the Pirates films which had very similar circumstances (globe trotting, water usage etc). He also wanted to make it hard-R and scary, and Universal wasn’t comfortable with investing hundreds of millions of dollars into a film with a perceived limited audience, as their understanding is that PG-13 films get more bums in seats. Long story short the studio wasn’t getting what it wanted, Gore wasn’t getting what he wanted, and Gore left, Ken Levine shot down production and Ubiversal moved on. I am desperate for Gore to come back though, he’s LITERALLY the best director for a BioShock movie.

      12. Nick Turk January 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        I’ve got one of those little BioShock dolls <3

      13. Kendall Keeling January 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

        Georgia has amazing tax rebates for filmmakers!! Come on down Gore!

      14. Flick Cromwell January 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        What could have been…too bad. I LOVED that game. Hit all the right elements.

      15. Chucky January 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        Hi there I’m Chucky Would you like my page?

      16. Erica Rollingson January 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

        Would have loved this.

      17. Timothy Scott January 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

        Hey Calum Sanderson ever hear of CGI? I’d rather see a movie w/ a good story using CGI than not! A good producer, director, etc…do what needs to be done if they TRULY want something done!

      18. Jeff Ef'n Shields January 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

        Darius Tucker this is awesome

      19. Sam Keeler January 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

        Darrell Butler

      20. Gregory Max Retallack January 21, 2014 at 7:12 am


      21. Natalie Rose Puening January 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

        Are you kidding?
        CGI is so much money by itself.
        And you’re really so desperate you’d rather see a shit movie with a good story than wait till they have better conditions?
        That’s cute.
        Because I bet you’re the same guy that bitches about remakes of shitty movies because you personally liked it better before.