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Gore Verbinski explains why the Bioshock movie fell apart

02.14.2011

One of the biggest "what could have been" projects out there is the now-sunk BIOSHOCK, originally under the direction of Gore Verbinski. The game was a masterwork of atmosphere and storytelling, and it had the potential to break the neverending parade of shit-tastic video game movie adaptaions, especially with Verbinski behind the camera.

So why did the project collapse? Speaking to ComingSoon, the director explains:

"I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating. Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the price tag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that price tag."

I can imagine it would be tough to sell a high-budget film like this with an R-rating that includes harvesting little girls with giant needles for superpower juice. If Verbinski could have gotten the budget down, maybe this could have happened, but I'm not exactly sure how you'd go about creating a city underwater in a way that wasn't pretty pricey.

I do hope that this film does get made eventually, but only with someone capable like Verbinski at the helm. I realize the risk involved with financing a project like this, especially given the track record of most other video game projects, but hopefully it can somehow come to pass.

Extra Tidbit: Don't worry, we still have David O. Russell's UNCHARTED! (jokes)
Source: ComingSoon

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8:09PM on 02/15/2011
Kudos to him for standing by the R rating.
Kudos to him for standing by the R rating.
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3:35AM on 02/15/2011
You know, "Skyline" was garbage, but the quality of its effects and production values on what is, for Hollywood, a beggar's budget, was startling. A dollar will stretch a lot further in this kind of movie than you might think if you have the right people working on it.
You know, "Skyline" was garbage, but the quality of its effects and production values on what is, for Hollywood, a beggar's budget, was startling. A dollar will stretch a lot further in this kind of movie than you might think if you have the right people working on it.
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11:19PM on 02/14/2011

It's too great of a story to not be made eventually.

I was sad to hear it fall apart but I knew the it was going to. It's exactly what Verbinski said, to make it right it has to be a hard R & it's going to cost a pretty penny to be made. I'm betting when the new "Bioshock" comes out, it will re-invigorate the interest in getting the film made. It's just too good of an original idea *Shock* to be left only on the drawing board. It will happen, Oh yes it will.
I was sad to hear it fall apart but I knew the it was going to. It's exactly what Verbinski said, to make it right it has to be a hard R & it's going to cost a pretty penny to be made. I'm betting when the new "Bioshock" comes out, it will re-invigorate the interest in getting the film made. It's just too good of an original idea *Shock* to be left only on the drawing board. It will happen, Oh yes it will.
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11:16PM on 02/14/2011
Uve Boll will step in and save the day... Wait... I'm going to hell for just joking about that.
Uve Boll will step in and save the day... Wait... I'm going to hell for just joking about that.
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1:13PM on 02/14/2011
While I didn't think the stories were particularly great, these are some of the most atmospheric games I've ever played and are quite fascinating in their production design. I would love to see how a film would capture that. Not sure why the studios are so scared of doing a film that will more than likely attract the millions of people who've played the games. I'm still hoping that the original script by John Logan will find its way online someday.
While I didn't think the stories were particularly great, these are some of the most atmospheric games I've ever played and are quite fascinating in their production design. I would love to see how a film would capture that. Not sure why the studios are so scared of doing a film that will more than likely attract the millions of people who've played the games. I'm still hoping that the original script by John Logan will find its way online someday.
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12:59PM on 02/14/2011
Why not make sets and just put green screens in the windows. Since the game was rated "M", isn't technically the demographic the same as the "R"-rated for movies, anyway.
Why not make sets and just put green screens in the windows. Since the game was rated "M", isn't technically the demographic the same as the "R"-rated for movies, anyway.
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12:49PM on 02/14/2011

nice!

lol good joke! Hopefully any day now david will give up on uncharted or maybe wahlberg will choose another project instead.
lol good joke! Hopefully any day now david will give up on uncharted or maybe wahlberg will choose another project instead.
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12:43PM on 02/14/2011
Sit on a dildo Hollywood. A possible summer blockbuster that already has a fanbase is considered a risk just because it would've been rated R? Really?
Sit on a dildo Hollywood. A possible summer blockbuster that already has a fanbase is considered a risk just because it would've been rated R? Really?
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12:01PM on 02/14/2011

Blomkamp could probably pull it off for less than $100 million

I really don't rate Verbinski though, I found his Pirates films to be terrible
I really don't rate Verbinski though, I found his Pirates films to be terrible
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12:34PM on 02/14/2011
I still don't know how Blomkamp was able to make District 9 on the small budget he had. Its most likely cause he didn't waste money and big name actors. Still I thought the CGI in District 9 blew Avatar out of the water. The aliens in Avatar looked like a video game, the aliens in D9 seemed like living, breathing beings.
I still don't know how Blomkamp was able to make District 9 on the small budget he had. Its most likely cause he didn't waste money and big name actors. Still I thought the CGI in District 9 blew Avatar out of the water. The aliens in Avatar looked like a video game, the aliens in D9 seemed like living, breathing beings.
11:54AM on 02/14/2011
what a downer! hollywoods gota stop funding shit movies like big mommas house 3 and start making great films again!
what a downer! hollywoods gota stop funding shit movies like big mommas house 3 and start making great films again!
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4:16PM on 02/14/2011
Love the avatar.
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11:36AM on 02/14/2011
It'd be great to finally see this movie get made somehow. In the right hands, it would be great.
It'd be great to finally see this movie get made somehow. In the right hands, it would be great.
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