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The BioShock movie again finds itself one director short

03.27.2012

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Well this is disappointing.  Perhaps not unexpected, but disappointing nonetheless.  Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has completely drifted away from the BIOSHOCK adaptation that has had difficulty from day one securing the desired budget and creative control that a project like this would need.  "To be honest, by now, I’m completely out of that, and developing other stuff," Fresnadillo said while doing press for his new movie INTRUDERS "Right now it’s on hold. The studio and the videogame company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating." 

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Fresnadillo has been fighting for a long while, and has at last given up the fight in favor of other potential projects like the HIGHLANDER reboot.  Though it doesn't seem like he's fully committed to that just yet either... "I’m developing the possibility of making 'Highlander,'" he said. "I find the concept very interesting, immortality as a curse. We’re using the materials of the universe, but this is some kid of reboot, since the story could use a new approach... Everything comes from the universe of the original film. There will be no aliens!"

Oh, and as for what happened with that reboot of THE CROW that Fresnadillo was once attached to which was set to star Bradley Cooper? "We were so close... I really love him as an actor and a person. But it was an agenda thing. It didn’t match my agenda or [scheduling] so I decided to jump out."

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Extra Tidbit: Gore Verbinski really likes those big budgets - reportedly he wanted $160 million for BioShock's production budget back in 2009.
Source: Indiewire

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3:23PM on 03/27/2012
Bite the bullet and make it PG-13. Ridley Scott was willing to deal to get Prometheus made. Shoot a couple of scenes differently and release an R-rated cut to Blu-ray. Everyone wins.

If you were a studio exec, could you in good faith greenlight a $150 million Bioshock or At the Mountains of Madness? No.
Bite the bullet and make it PG-13. Ridley Scott was willing to deal to get Prometheus made. Shoot a couple of scenes differently and release an R-rated cut to Blu-ray. Everyone wins.

If you were a studio exec, could you in good faith greenlight a $150 million Bioshock or At the Mountains of Madness? No.
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2:15PM on 03/27/2012
Such a great concept for a film, and yet the execs won't let the creative control work. I had hopes when Gore Verbinski was attached, but forgotten about this for a while now.
Such a great concept for a film, and yet the execs won't let the creative control work. I had hopes when Gore Verbinski was attached, but forgotten about this for a while now.
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11:26AM on 03/27/2012
As much as I'd like to see this movie, I love the game. I just don't think it should happen mainly because a studio isn't going to bank role a movie this huge and not have it be rated R. I don't think a rating makes or breaks a movie but really a Bioshock movie should be R rated to be able to do the source material justice.
As much as I'd like to see this movie, I love the game. I just don't think it should happen mainly because a studio isn't going to bank role a movie this huge and not have it be rated R. I don't think a rating makes or breaks a movie but really a Bioshock movie should be R rated to be able to do the source material justice.
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8:35AM on 03/27/2012
After the downfall of John Carter, it'll only get harder.
After the downfall of John Carter, it'll only get harder.
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3:20PM on 03/27/2012
eh, I don't know. I realize the whole 'original concept' thing but I think the studio realized one of the main reasons why JC failed was not because audiences aren't open to an original concept, but because JC didn't SEEM like an original concept at all. Bioshock, well there really hasn't been anythign like it, so it could still work quite well.
eh, I don't know. I realize the whole 'original concept' thing but I think the studio realized one of the main reasons why JC failed was not because audiences aren't open to an original concept, but because JC didn't SEEM like an original concept at all. Bioshock, well there really hasn't been anythign like it, so it could still work quite well.
8:20AM on 03/27/2012

"immortality as a curse"

ya, because that is a concept that no viewers are familiar with, unless of course they have ever seen a vampire movie... which i understand are in short supply right now.
ya, because that is a concept that no viewers are familiar with, unless of course they have ever seen a vampire movie... which i understand are in short supply right now.
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