Now we’re at a point where video games are being made into movies, and guess what? They’re mostly low-budget and are for the most part rubbish. So when we heard that a BioShock movie was in the works, the gaming world let out a collective groan at the thought of a top franchise being bastardized in the hope of making a quick quid (or dollar if you’re from the US of A.)
Well, we can all breathe freely because Ken Levine, the creator of the funky series has been speaking to Edge about the movie:
“There was a deal in place and it was actually in production at Universal, and Gore Verbinski was directing it,” said Levine. “And what happened was—this is my theory—it’s a very big movie and Gore was very excited about it and he wanted to make a very dark, what he would call a ‘hard-rated’ horror film—an R rated film with a lot of blood. Then The Watchmen came out—and I really liked The Watchmen—but it didn’t do well for whatever reason and the studio got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film.
“So they said, ‘Gore, what about it if it was an $80 million film?’ and enough time had gone by where Gore didn’t want to make an $80 million dollar film. And so they brought another director in and I didn’t really see the match there—Take Two is one of those companies that gives a lot of trust to their creative people and so they said to me, ‘if you want to kill it Ken, kill it.’ And I killed it.
“Which was weird, having been a screenwriter going around begging to re-write any script to being in a position where you’re killing a movie that you worked so much on. It was saying, ‘You know what? I don’t need to compromise.’ I had the [Bioshock] world, and I didn’t what to see it done in a way I didn’t think was right.”
So, in summary, Ken Levine did us all a favour, instead of compromise the integrity of the series, he chose to cancel the entire project, probably missing out on millions of dollars, but keeping the series in tact.
We may not have a BioShock movie, but there’s a new chapter in the franchise coming on March 26th in the form of BioShock Infinite which will be releasing on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Unfortunatly Nintendo Wii U owners are being left out in the cold with this one.
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