Some of you might remember that a few years back Universal was working on adapting Bioshock, a very highly praised and popular video game, into a major motion picture. They had Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski attached and for some time it looked like this might be it, that one great game could be turned into a great movie.
Alas, for a slew of reasons (budget, R-rating, Gore Verbinski dropping out) the project was finally killed by the game’s creator himself, Ken Levine.
Before it all went south a number of people actually worked on the project for quite some time, one of them was Jim Martin. Now Jim is a concept artist who over the years worked on movies like Alice in Wonderland and Captain America: The First Avenger. Thanks to IGN I discovered he recently posted on his website a few images showing concept art that he worked on for the movie, giving us a taste of what it might have looked like, had it ever come out.
I urge you to look at all the images over on Jim Martin’s page, they are worth it and evoke the original game’s art direction very well while at the same time not looking like he just copy and pasted from the source material.
Today all we can do is look at the concept art and imagine what it could have been. Who knows, maybe one day a Bioshock movie might eventually rise from the depths of the Hollywood ocean, if the right people come to the rescue.
If the project was back on track, who would you trust to bring it to the big screen? For me considering the nature of the game, Christopher Nolan would be perfect but since that’s never going to happen my second choice would be Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code).