The film adaptation of 2K Games' first-person shooter BioShock has hit another snag. As reported by Indie Wire, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has dropped out.
"To be honest, by now, I'm completely out of that and developing other stuff," Fresnadillo told the site at a press junket for his new film Intruders. "Right now it's on hold. The studio and the video game company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating."
Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intact) became the BioShock film director after Pirates of the Caribbean captain Gore Verbinski moved to a producer role.
The BioShock film was first announced in 2008, with Verbinski attached to direct. Production was halted the following year due to concerns over the project's ballooning $160 million budget. Verbinski clarified the film's fate last year revealing that the BioShock movie's budget would only be approved for a PG-13 take on the material, a compromise he felt was unacceptable.
Last November, BioShock creator Ken Levine weighed in on the matter. He said a BioShock movie needs to give seasoned fans what they want, and for the uninitiated, something that effectively represents the game. Ultimately, Levine said he feels no rush to bring Rapture to the big screen.
[CORRECTION] An earlier version of this story indicated Fresnadillo directed 28 Days Later