BioShock film preproduction halted

Worries over a $160 million budget has caused Universal to order work halted on big-screen version of 2K's undersea classic, reports <i>Variety</i>.

Over the weekend, Variety delivered some unwelcome news to those looking forward to the BioShock film. According to the Hollywood trade, Universal Pictures has ordered work stopped on the project, announced last May. Apparently the sticking point was the film's ballooning $160 million budget, which is now being revisited by Universal and director Gore Verbinski (The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, The Mexican).

Firing some of the splicer members of the film crew proved challenging.

"We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the US to take advantage of a tax credit," Verbinski told Variety. "We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern." London is apparently a leading candidate for the production's new location.

Written by John Logan (Gladiator, Star Trek: Nemesis), the big-screen BioShock was initially planned for release alongside a third BioShock game. However, with BioShock 2 not due out until later this year, the movie's release was brought forward to summer 2010--a move that forced Verbinski to pass on directing a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean.

The fact that Verbinski turned down such a lucrative gig to direct BioShock is a good indicator of his commitment to the project. Both the director and Universal reps told Variety that the work stoppage--and a few subsequent crew-member layoffs--do not mean the film is canceled, but merely delayed. Specifically, they promised it would not suffer the same fate as the Halo film, which is now on indefinite hold following similar budget concerns.

To learn more about Verbinski's thoughts on games and film, check out his keynote address from the 2008 D.I.C.E. Summit.

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pcgamer06
pcgamer06

they would so much money no matter the lose just make the damn movie... look @ avatar ppl first were like the hell is this.. then Boom it was sold out for 4 days @ theaters were i live.. JUST MAKE THE MOVIE!!!!!, BUT DO IT RIGHT!!!!

EricShadow366
EricShadow366

A movie Bioshock, huh? Well, they better do it right.

Ethan111111
Ethan111111

this movie will make billions even if its not the best. this is stupid!! make the movie!!!!

champmanfan
champmanfan

It would be better suited to the US than London as this is destined to be a blockbuster, not a cut to shreds movie just to save a few quid. Paying $160M sounds about right to do this game justice for Hollywood animatronics to combine smoothly with CGI in the hands of the right director. How else to make the audience jump at Big Daddy or Spliccers jumping towards the audience with real purpose. Script-wise, the movie should have turned out better than the game if it weren't for John Logan being involved. Btw, Verbinski is just going to produce Bioshock, not direct it, so here's hoping his creativity can evolve this great game to the movie masses.

xboxlivegamer17
xboxlivegamer17

I am so freaking excited about this movie!!!! I'm going to be first in line at my local theater to see it!!! :) YAY!!!

LovingTheHated
LovingTheHated

I'm so excited for this. I always said "They should make a movie out of Bioshock". It's such a great premise: a city under the sea with no restrictions. I'm excited to see how they work with this. It has great potential, and a bad ass director.

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

I really hope this film doesn't come out, Bioshock is a good twenty hour game and I don't know how they would compress that down to two hours without ruining it.

dual_barrel
dual_barrel

Too bad, I never understood Bioshock.

poorisaac
poorisaac

I think if you take what Verbinski did with Pirates, put it under the ocean, threw in blood, guns, and plasmids, we might actually get the first really good video game blockbuster everyone has wanted since forever.

himalaya
himalaya

Never say never (cause you then you've said never twice).

bioghost
bioghost

Verbinski really likes water

Pelm
Pelm

bioshock is my fav fps but why does the movie industry insist on continously making video game movie tie ins? everyone knows that it doesn't work, and everyone KNOWS it will never work. So stop trying to do something that you know you failed at a thousand times over, it never works.

EarthwormJohnUK
EarthwormJohnUK

they should can this film, it's a bad, bad idea... Alone In The Dark, Super Mario Brothers, Resident Evil(s), Silent Hill, Street Fighter, Doom, Max Payne... please Mr Movie Executives, try reading a book or something and leave video games alone...

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

BioShock film will be usefull and interesting for gamers.

InsultToInjury_
InsultToInjury_

Im not a fan of games being turned into movies for the reason none of them have been very good. But this one looks promising with the people on board. Need to wait and see how it unfolds.

vipa95666
vipa95666

Seriosuly i would love bioshock to be released but i really dont think it will be a hit, simply because it just wont be the same translation to the original game and WHO WILL CAST THE LITTLE SISTERS!?!?!

guitardude1243
guitardude1243

I would disagree, this movie would probably translate very well to a movie if directed correctly. Sad to see its halted, really hope they don't pull a 'Halo' on us.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

I heard they cancelled it because they couldn't cast anyone for the little sisters.

TheAustrian
TheAustrian

I was honestly scared for the Bioshock movie. Bioshock itself could not possibly be translated (in the way it was experienced in regards to gameplay) to film. It just wouldn't work, and I didn't like the idea. After seeing who's penning the script and directing though (and seeing Verbinski's dedication to the project), I'm starting to get excited. It will never be as good as Bioshock, but it may very well be an amazing movie. Now, I can't wait!

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

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maven_zer09
maven_zer09

@Bhinder94 hell yessss! he and every1 working with him on Shadow of Colossus film project should be busted. y do these guys insist on ruining movies which could be great?! and y do these companies pay them to do so!

maven_zer09
maven_zer09

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Rottenwood
Rottenwood

BioShock is a modern gaming masterpiece, but they're on angel dust if they think it will be a big-time cinema blockbuster. As soon as the term 'video-game movie' floats out there, expectations dwindle, reviews turn sarcastic, and we're on here grieving again.

zamardii12
zamardii12

The director of Pirate of the Caribbean is directing this? That's sweet... ONLY as long as they stick to the videogame as much as possible... not unlike some Resident Evil movies i've seen.

Bhinder94
Bhinder94

We should all be glad Uwe Boll isn't directing this.

pandastew
pandastew

jeez...its kinda hard to create that realistic feeling of being in rapture unless you shoot this film at Atlantis. its the only location in this world that would justify the whole city of Rapture. they really better not skimp out on the gore that made bioshock the real fudged up place that it is. and don't give me that zombie thing either. they are not undead. they are just bunch of lunatics hyped up on crazy drugs that mutates you into a crazy person.

Soldier1990
Soldier1990

well it would be interesting.... id expect to see a rating pf either R or maybe a PG-13 but this would not be for the faint of heart, just cause of all the violence and i dont think parents will allow there kids to see a guy get his head smashed in with a golf club but thats just me.....

brandondorbert
brandondorbert

I hope that when this movie comes out it will be good. The only decent movie based on a game is Silent Hill.

YoZbaNaToR
YoZbaNaToR

The last thing we need to see is a masterpiece of a video game turned into a movie for the profit. Movies and video games never got along, and I'm pretty sure if this project hits the theaters, the name 'Bioshock' would be tarnished, and the franchise ruined because 'someone' wanted to squeeze as much money as 'he' can from the people. If you want to learn about Bioshocks' roots, read Ayn Rand's book: 'Atlas Shrugged'. This movie should never happen...

Sir_Hobo
Sir_Hobo

Why go all the way to London to film? Why don't they just film on location at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean?

Jack-Du-Ripper
Jack-Du-Ripper

@ crazyleftykid.... Super Mario Bros Crazy taxi Hitman I'm sure there are others I can't remember

TensaIchigo
TensaIchigo

Movies based on games don't do very well. If it does come out, I would pass.

jcouch2020
jcouch2020

why do they take a crap game title, make a crap movie about it, but take two awesome game titles (halo, bioshock) and fail at even putting it together? c'mon, are we gonna have to get uwe boll out here and take command guys?

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

if i were them i would cancel the Bioshock film, and work on Halo!!!

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I think they are having a issue with the budget because the movie will need a lot of cgi and special effects. I'd rather them make a Fable movie with a tad of 300 mixed in with it. Now that would be great.

OneShot45
OneShot45

The movie is probably going to be good but I can't wait for the game!

otanikun
otanikun

Bummer, but the movie is gonna be epic I'm sure

Ze1nOnly
Ze1nOnly

I agree with scullyy, 1st halo now bioshock, hoolywood what are you doing

dliv666
dliv666

No doubt about that. They are scared about the budget because they are making a piece of crap .....................DON'T SCAR THE BEST GAME EVER!

Scullyy
Scullyy

hollywood is gonna f**k it up.

Custodian405
Custodian405

I think this could be at least somewhat promising. This definitely doesn't sound like the Doom movie. Love or hate Pirates of the Caribbean, but at least they have a director who knows what he is doing. Its just that Universal doesn't want to take the risk. They would rather put out a few more of those low budget C- horror flicks, you know the kind, Saw 10, Hostile 16 and whatever else. They would rather just make more regurgitated sh!t then take a risk with what could potentially be a great franchise.

MikeK47
MikeK47

if they can capture the feel of rapture i'm down to watch it. The only problem is that the atmosphere of rapture to me felt more eery just because I was somewhat in control.I would probably go see it no matter what though. BTW the original Street Fighter movie was a great adaption.

Elduque21
Elduque21

Brendan, you're only say that cause you got to see boobies.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Good if you hate adaptations. Then you wont watch it. I will enjoy it. Even if it is a 160M B-movie.

Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

I hope the movie isn't released. I hate adaptions.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Anyone who doesn't want the movie to come out has problems. Really if you don't want to watch it, don't. Now you nay-sayers I ask you what other game to movie has had a budget of 160M? Come on guys....it has all the potential in the world to be awesome. You never know how things turn out but regardless it would look amazing, sound amazing, and the only thing that could make is suck would be the story...but with 160M I but that the story is great, the sets are believable, and I can hardly wait...I just bought my ticket.

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

Total B.S. Blame it on the unions, and the lack of balls by the studio. Paying incredible amounts of money for second rate acting, and not enough CGI influences.....what did they expect. Hollywood....home of the clueless F'ups.