BioShock was one of the most important games that debuted in the era of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Thanks to the impact of its game system and its narrative there were attempts to adapt the IP to the cinema, but they did not pay off. This is unfortunate, because there were big creative plans for the project and the director of the film talked about them.
Screenwriter and director Gore Verbinski, who you may know from his work on various installments of Pirates of the Caribbean, would be in charge of the film’s script and direction. Universal Pictures was interested in the project, but in the end they did not give it the green light because it required a lot of money and would have a classification not suitable for all ages.
According to the director, the project was not well received in the first meeting with the film company (almost 30 executives), since from the beginning the creative wanted to be honest and made it clear that it would be a large and expensive project, because he did not want to that in the end the company canceled it and that it was a waste of time for everyone involved.
“We were about to shoot a $ 200 million R-rated movie and they got scared. I think Watchmen had debuted just before that. So there was the feeling that these movies had to be PG-13. If they cost that much, they must be PG-13 ”, he commented in a conversation with Collider Verbinski, who once commented that it was two months before filming began and auditions had already been held with important actors.
THE BIOSHOCK MOVIE WOULD HAVE MULTIPLE ENDINGS
SPOILER: before you read a little more, we inform you that below there will be very slight spoilers around the plot, so if you have not played the first installment and want to be surprised when playing it, we invite you to finish it first.
That the project did not receive the green light does not mean that the director has not thought about the script for the film; in fact, he had several very interesting ideas along with John Logan, a playwright and screenwriter with whom he spent a lot of time adapting the story.
The screenwriter praised the narrative work done in BioShock and mentioned that he planned to capture the feelings of the game and maintain his inertia through key pieces, such as the plane crash and even revealed that they were trying to make the viewer see the final 2, something that in the game it is not possible to do in a single game.
“It was played with how to have both endings. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the game, but dissect that ploy to the happy ending. And still having the unleashed version of the end. We were trying to achieve that, which was very exciting. So if you watched the movie, you could get both, ”revealed Verbinski.
Likewise, the director commented that he intended to achieve the action sequences with his characteristic style, through the characters and key pieces, with a preview style on an imageboard (having the vision of the film ready, then, without extra shots ), something that would have suited the BioShock movie very well, taking into account that it belongs to the genre and revolves around Jack, the protagonist.
WILL THE BIOSHOCK MOVIE EVER COME TRUE?
Unfortunately, although Verbinski has mentioned that times have changed and that after the success of films for adults the BioShock film could become a reality, he considers that it would be difficult (emotionally) to return to the project.
However, the creative is not the only one who could make the BioShock movie come true , as a wide variety of writers and actors have shown interest in the film. One of them is The Boys star Jack Quaid, who is not only a fan of the franchise, but even revealed to Comic Book some ideas for the project, which he would like to see more of a television series.
“I think they should do a BioShock TV show. A movie is very small… I mean, I literally have the skyhook here, but Infinite is good. I think it’s simpler and just more interesting with the first one… And Minerva’s Den in 2 is amazing, but yeah, they have to do it one day, ”commented the actor.
On the other hand, writer Greg Russo (who worked on the script for the next Mortal Kombat movie ) also mentioned that he would like to make a movie about the series and the best thing is that he has tried and done everything possible to make it come true. .
“I would love to find a way to do BioShock and have tried. I’ve pretty much nudged everyone I could find, because I think I have an amazing way of doing it that would be a lot of fun. And bring the horror of it to the screen and hopefully keep the budget affordable. But yeah, it’s one that I would absolutely love, that it would be so much fun to work on, ”Russo said.
Something interesting is that after the cancellation of the BioShock movie , some Sony records emerged around the rights to the franchise, which suggests that there is still a possibility that it will become a reality with the support of PlayStation Productions, which prepares several video game series and movies.
What do you think of what the BioShock movie could have been? Would you like the project to become a reality one day? Tell us in the comments.
As for video games, 2K has already confirmed that it is already working on a new installment of BioShock, in which one of the important creatives of the series, Ken Levine, is not involved.