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 ]