Despite hardly any movement on the movie adaptation of BioShock games designer Ken Levine assured fans last September that the film is still being “actively” worked on. 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was hired to replace Gore Verbinski as director in 2009, with Gore remaining as producer, however no studio wanted to back “a really expensive R-rated movie”.
Gore Verbinski, who is no longer actively involved in the project, recently discussed his plans for the movie with ComingSoon:
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he explained, “Alternately, I 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!”… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”
For those unfamiliar with the game BioShock takes place in an alternate 1960, and in the game the player takes the role of a plane crash survivor named Jack who must explore the underwater city of Rapture and survive attacks by the mutated beings and mechanical drones that populate it.
Apparently the budget spiralled to $160 million, which is an average cost for a blockbuster these days, but no studio wants to spend that amount on a R-rated horror (unless James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro are involved).
Would fans of the game rather see a PG-13 dumbed down movie, or have an R-rated movie that remains in development hell?