A long time ago, the idea of a BioShock movie was touted, discussed by several interested parties, developed, looked at, considered, and then lost to presumably development hell.
Now it seems that the father of Bioshock, Ken Levine, may have quietly taken a machete to the whole idea behind the scenes.
“There was a deal in place, and it was in production at Universal — Gore Verbinski was directing it,” said Levine in an interview at the recent BAFTAs. “My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard ‘R’ film—which is like an age 17/18-plus, where you can have blood and naked girls. Well, I don’t think he wanted naked girls. But he wanted a lot of blood.”
“Then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film—and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film.”
“They brought another director in,” he continued, “and I didn’t really see the match there. 2K’s one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people, so they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it.”
Given how many truly, truly awful game-to-movie adaptations exist (mostly courtesy of Uwe Boll), perhaps it was all for the best.