Canceled Bioshock movie concept art surfaces

A concept artist that worked on the canceled Bioshock movie has posted images he created for the project.

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Concept artist Jim Martin has posted images of work he did for the canceled Bioshock movie to his personal website.

Not surprisingly, the concept art looks remarkably like Bioshock, even depicting some memorable moments from the original game.

According to Martin's IMDB page, he's known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

In 2008, having completed his work on the Pirates of the Caribbean film trilogy, director Gore Verbinski signed on to make the Bioshock movie. Verbinski dropped out from the project a year later after he was unable to agree with Universal on the budget and rating he was looking for. According to Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine, Verbinsky was looking for around $200 million for an R-rated film, while the studio was willing to invest $80 million in a PG-13 take on the material, partly because of the poor performance of The Watchmen in theaters.

Verbinski was replaced with 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo for a short time, but In 2012 we learned that Fresnadillo dropped out as well. Since then, the Bioshock film has been dead in the water.

You can find the rest of Jim Martin's Bioshock concept art on his website.

Discussion

58 comments
wyan_
wyan_

I thought these were from the game. I'm not impressed.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

Yeah I can see why this got cancelled, the style lends itself more to a B movie than a box office hit

isshiah
isshiah

I understand their concern in relation to a strong rating and lesser revenue. Will the Mass Effect movie face such issues? 

EatShanna
EatShanna

Good on Verbinski for not compromising his vision by going with a watered down PG13 Bioshock.

orbit991
orbit991

If they made this into a movie they would have to change to many things to make it less political, I could just see conservatives screaming about it being left wing liberal propaganda. seriously I was reading espn today and some nut started yelling about some teams college hoops win as being to leftist(don't ask, I thought it bizarre as well), some of them have just gone a bit mental.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

*Now going into Cohen mode* ---> "Whoever said you can't make a Bioshock movie unless it's a PG-13 rating, I'll show you, I'LL SHOW ALL YOU FUCKING DOUBTERS!!!" XD

sakaixx
sakaixx

80 million wasn't enough ? dang no one's gonna invest 200m its too risky for a game adaptation remember FF spirit within ? or even lara croft ?

suder
suder

Better of playing the original bioshock game more fun.

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

Hearing about this movie makes me want to replay the original Bioshock.

projectpat72988
projectpat72988

I'm not upset about this im glad. A video game movie plus it being a pg13 Bioshock? Given those two reaons alone its pretty much IMPOSSIBLE for this to be good. The people involved must have no idea wtf Bioshock is as I remember reading something about this awhile back and the guy in charge wanting to to be R but someone wouldnt let him. Everything that makes Bioshock what it is SCREAMS R rated movie. Killing of small children.....drug addicts shooting up constantly...bloody killing, language. Like are you serious? 

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

good, please don't let hollywood destroy this classic

forneverbdocked
forneverbdocked

there is no way you can film bioshock. filming is for games like The Sims. Why do people want movies based on video games? For a movie to match that it would take a hell of a lot of effort to have a lingering hope that maybe they'll make a good one.

a PG 13 bioshock movie


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It should be rated PG-13. Too bad, the first bioshock is an amazing story and the screenshot was from Resogun. All I know is one thing, its good they canceled the grit that Alex Proyas's Dark City exhibits. Is this a concept art, or a R rated video game adaptation. He would've gotten more than $80 on 1K means one thousand.Yes and $80 means I'd pay much more to make sure it doesn't happen as i fart in ur general direction.

The Watchmen film was really good. You should check it out on Blu-ray if you laughed at how awful Watchmen was on the big screen to keep it spiritually and aesthetically faithful to the source material. The acting was horrible and the writing was crap. Just my humble opinion, sorry if you took personal offense to it.

I rather see a The Sims movie or a Gran turismo movie or Showtime I would pouched on this the second the movie went under.

Honestly, why do people not want to make money? A PG-13 movie would be shit.Focus on a main character who's an artist or scientist recruited by Ryan to come to Rapture. Different producers, directors and not even the same subject matter so...what again was the connection?

spenta
spenta

I'm missing the connection between the Watchmen's poor performance in theaters and a Bioshock movie.  Different producers, directors and not even the same subject matter so...what again was the connection?

Saharzad
Saharzad

A pay cable/Netflix series in the Bioshock universe could be wonderful. Focus on a main character who's an artist or scientist recruited by Ryan to come to Rapture. Maybe make it a 10-12 hour run climaxing on New Years. Lots of Mad Men style with some fun with plasmids. Leave out some of the more video gamy stuff like turrets and sentry bots. Leave the Big Daddies and Little Sisters in the background if seen at all. All very character focused, I think it'd be terrific.

mr_enlightened
mr_enlightened

I rather see a The Sims movie or a Gran turismo movie

kye-mc
kye-mc

This needs to happen already!

June-GS
June-GS

Regardless of its R-Rating, The Watchmen film was really good. You should check it out on Blu-ray if you haven't seen it. Too bad mainstream audiences are just too sheep to know the difference between good and bad movies. Hell, they even rewarded "funny" Revenge of the Fallen with a "success" at the box office.

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

$80mil for a pg13 film based on an underwater themed m rated video game? ha universal i fart in ur general direction

Apastron
Apastron

$80?  I'd pay much more to make sure it doesn't happen as there is absolutely no way it can be done justice.

mattcake
mattcake

They were only willing to invest $80 and not $200m? Wow, cheapskates :)

Trev9421
Trev9421

I think it would have made a good movie if done correctly. PG-13 wouldn't have worked, but people are way too scared to invest in an R rated video game adaptation. Frankly, it probably wouldn't have made it's money back even if it was good.

WraistlinGill
WraistlinGill

Reminiscent of the grit that Alex Proyas's Dark City exhibits.

pozium
pozium

Is this a concept art, or a snapshot from the game?

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

All I know is one thing, the movie would have been very expensive to make.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

movie would not do justice to the bioshock story, its good they canceled

freeformrulz
freeformrulz

Anyone else thought the screenshot was from Resogun???

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Too bad, the first bioshock is an amazing story and having non-gamers experience it would only help the genre. However I'm glad they didn't make a dumbed down pg-13 version, that would just bastardize it and become something no one would enjoy.

vadagar1
vadagar1

a PG 13 bioshock movie


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lfebaggins
lfebaggins

@sakaixx Gore Verbinski was perfect for this adaptation, but his movies aren't exactly budget friendly.  Have you seen the budget for the Pirates trilogy or Lone Ranger?  He'll need atleast 150 mill for Bioshock

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@spenta The only connection I can see is Legendary Pictures made the Watchmen film and they now work for Universal Pictures, who I think owns the rights to the Bioshock film.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@spenta Watchmen was an R-rated special effects movie with a massive budget and a similar target audience 

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

@HowlPendragon Why does the idea of a PG-13 Bioshock keep making me think about the new PG-13 Robocop remake?  Oh thats right, they would both be failures.

streamline
streamline

He would've gotten more than $80 on kick starter. Maybe at least $1k.

June-GS
June-GS

@ShilaundrilAs opposed to the original books themselves? Of course, that's understandable. You can't please everybody, right? Especially when it comes to adapted material. But everything is relative. So compared to Revenge, which was a supposed world "hit", this was a masterpiece. And in the movie's objective (and fair) defense--and being in the industry myself, I know for a fact that director Zack Snyder did the best he could to keep it spiritually and aesthetically faithful to the source material. Sex, violence, politics, apathy, religion, amorality and everything in between. Thus, the R-Rating. And all these, with his hands TIED behind him.

If you still think he was lacking, I could respectfully ask you what he could've changed (practically) to make it not laughable for you. Or what book/game film you wouldn't consider laughable​, but you'd probably answer, "None." So I won't waste our time.​​ Whether we like it or not, take it or leave it, these are the limits of all the adapted media formats we currently have.​

June-GS
June-GS

@ShilaundrilThe acting was a BIT​ melodramatic in some parts, true, but ​​it was intentional; the characters in the books (mostly) were​​ supposed to be ​​ blowhards, self-absorbed and bigger than life, especially the Comedian. They were supposed to be noir caricatures that represent perverted aspects of our society. That's the sense the creators (and adaptors) were aiming for. And the adapted screenplay was pretty much spot-on. I don't know what they could've changed AND STILL appease hardcore book fans like me and many others. TWD wasn't so restricted by these source "rules", because of one word... Zombies! Hahah! People have been clamoring for an uncensored zombie TV series on primetime since before I was born! As one writer I know said, they could've turned Hershel into the new lead, and it still would sell big time! Hotcakes, sir. We just can't get enough of zombies, for better or worse.


Anyway, like I said, I understand your point. We just can't please everybody, right? And don't worry, I wasn't offended, at all. We're just a bit surprised perhaps. 'Cause honestly, besides you, the only other person in the world that I talked to, who didn't like the film was my super-conservative Mom, and only because she hated the movie's "gratuitous nudity" (her words,lol). I guess this proves that there really is no accounting for taste. Hahahah, just kidding!  :P  But to your credit, the mainstream audience did agree with you in the end, right? And that's the verdict that says it all. While the heavily-modified-from-source Transformers soon-to-be tetralogy (quadrilogy) with its "awesome" acting and dialogue just keep sellin', correct? Like I said, hotcakes, sir. Heh. And people still wonder why filmmakers and studios don't like taking R-Rated risks like Watchmen.  :)

Shilaundril
Shilaundril

@June-GS@ShilaundrilThe acting was horrible and the writing was crap. The only redeeming quality was Rorschach. 


As an example take The Walking Dead series which doesn't follow the source material but still manages to have good acting and dialogue.


Just my humble opinion, sorry if you took personal offense to it.