For four years now, a Bioshock film has been announced as being in development with Universal Pictures. However since then, the film has lost two directors, and no real progress has been made, while the series is ready to launch its third title later this year. Now, Bioshock‘s game director Ken Levine is here to proclaim the film is still very much alive, while it still may take some time however.
Levine told Edge Magazine (via Eurogamer) ”The thing with Gore [Verbinski] didn’t work out. But there’s no such thing as ‘it’s finished’ when it comes to making a movie out of something. It’s always about the stars aligning. We’re still focusing on it, but it hasn’t consumed us so much.” This doesn’t exactly mean we’ll be getting any developments soon, but more like Irrational is simply focusing on their upcoming game, and the film is more so on the backburner.
Verbinski had stated back in February that his reason for leaving the project was because he “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!’”
The director that followed in Verbinski’s footsteps Juan Carlos Fresnadillo walked out in March, and since then no director has taken the film yet. It’s said that main concern going forward is that Take-Two Entertainment and Universal can’t decide on a budget for the film, and it’s Verbinski’s very terrifying version that caused the director to even say that due to the subject matter, the film is likely to ever become a reality.
While many video games have been picked up, and very few make it to screen, it’s clear Bioshock has some time if it ever wants to see the light of day.
However, to make sure the story doesn’t end on a sad note, an artist by the name SimpleWig (via VGBoxArt) has created two fan-made posters for the proposed film, with a very unlikely 2013 release date plastered on along with Verbinski’s name. While they’re not really, they’re easily incredibly cool and minimalist posters that fans may love to see. Click on them for a much bigger version: