Gore Verbinski, the director of Pirates of the Caribbean has revealed that he was attached to a Bioshock movie that was only eight weeks from production.
Verbinski took to Reddit while promoting his new film, A Cure for Wellness and mentioned that an R rated movie based on the popular first person shooter was very close to production. Unfortunately it was not to be and the project was cancelled, the director had some thoughts on why:
“I think the combination of the price tag and the rating, universal just didn’t feel comfortable ultimately. At that time also there were some R rated, expensive R rated movies that were not working.”
Verbinski went on to say that things have changed in terms of successful R rated movies (think Deadpool) so maybe there will be another chance, although nothing is in the pipeline at the moment. Verbinski did state that he felt another director might have to step in as it would be difficult for him to return:
“It’s very difficult when you’re eight weeks away from shooting a movie you really can see in your head and you’ve almost filmed the entire thing, so emotionally you’re right at that transition from architect to becoming a contractor and that will be a difficult place to get back to.”
After Verbinski’s exit from the project, it looked like there may have been a chance when 28 weeks later director Carlos Fresnadillo was brought on, but he eventually exited the project too.
Video game movies have always had a bad rap but maybe Bioshock would have been one of the better ones. Would you like to see Bioshock in movie form or would you rather it stayed a game? Let us know in the comments section below!