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Bioshock Movie in Limbo

Your Randian objectivist rhetoric and diver's helmets are no match for the Hollywood machine!

Starring Eddie Murphy in a fat suit as Big Daddy and Christina Ricci as Little Sister.
Variety is reporting today that Universal Pictures is putting the brakes on the current pre-production of the upcoming Bioshock movie due to budgetary concerns. Apparently the plan to film Bioshock in the Los Angeles area was a significant contributing factor to the film's estimated $160 million budget. This prompted Universal to ask director Gore Verbinski--whose previous work includes the couldn't-have-been-cheap Pirates of the Caribbean movies--to move production outside of the US in order to take advantage of a tax credit. Verbinski is quoted by Variety as saying “We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern.”

This isn't the first time Universal's concerns about the budget of a high-profile video game adaptation have impacted production, an issue that was reportedly a big part of what killed Peter Jackson's plans for a Halo movie. Both Verbinski and Universal, though, are vowing that Bioshock will not become another Halo. As ripe as the moody, philosophical stylings of Bioshock are for a film adaptation, a video game moving not getting made wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. What they really need to worry about is if it becomes another Doom.
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Posted by Ryan
Starring Eddie Murphy in a fat suit as Big Daddy and Christina Ricci as Little Sister.
Variety is reporting today that Universal Pictures is putting the brakes on the current pre-production of the upcoming Bioshock movie due to budgetary concerns. Apparently the plan to film Bioshock in the Los Angeles area was a significant contributing factor to the film's estimated $160 million budget. This prompted Universal to ask director Gore Verbinski--whose previous work includes the couldn't-have-been-cheap Pirates of the Caribbean movies--to move production outside of the US in order to take advantage of a tax credit. Verbinski is quoted by Variety as saying “We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern.”

This isn't the first time Universal's concerns about the budget of a high-profile video game adaptation have impacted production, an issue that was reportedly a big part of what killed Peter Jackson's plans for a Halo movie. Both Verbinski and Universal, though, are vowing that Bioshock will not become another Halo. As ripe as the moody, philosophical stylings of Bioshock are for a film adaptation, a video game moving not getting made wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. What they really need to worry about is if it becomes another Doom.
Posted by Pie

It better become another halo. I dont want another rubbishy game-movie although it would make for an intersting TANG

Posted by EvilTwin
Ryan said:
"
 a video game moving not getting made wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. 
"
In fact, it might be the best thing in the world.
Posted by TripMasterMunky

As Bioshock continues to be milked.

Posted by RHCPfan24

This is probably a good thing, people.

Posted by LiveOrDie1212
"Starring Eddie Murphy in a fat suit as Big Daddy and Christina Ricci as Little Sister".

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! everything that i want in a Bioshock movie!!
Posted by Snail

I'm glad there never was a Halo movie.

Posted by MattyFTM

Part of me thinks this is a good thing. It would have probably been a terrible movie. On the other hand, I would like to see what a bioshock movie was like. Maybe they could pull it off.

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Edited by Venatio

Dude I dont care if alot of video game movies have sucked I still want a Halo movie and a Bioshock movie, be positive people, think of how awesome they could be

Posted by LordAndrew

I'm actually kind of glad.

Posted by CL60
LiveOrDie1212 said:
""Starring Eddie Murphy in a fat suit as Big Daddy and Christina Ricci as Little Sister".

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! everything that i want in a Bioshock movie!!"
Me too!
Edited by punkxblaze

Ayn Rand reference, I lol'd.
Also, The Rock stars in Bioshock. 'Would you kindly, MOTHER FUCKER!".

Posted by CitizenKane

I have high hopes for the film, since, unlike every other video game movies, it is based on a great game with a great story, one that, unlike Halo's, is easily adaptable to film.  It also has an actual good director(aforementioned Verbinski) heading it and a great screenwriter(John Logan) writing the adaptation.  This could finally break the mold and show that video game movies can be good and possibly great.

Posted by Video_Game_King

:O! Total shock! Who would've thought that a game based heavily on Atlas Shrugged would end up in development hell when the movie was being made :P?

Edited by jakob187

I hope the movie never sees the light of day.  I hate Verbinski, as he's yet to make a good movie (The Ring remake?  PIRATES OF THE CRAPIBBEAN?).  Getting someone far more acclaimed and visionary for the job (Ridley Scott comes to mind quickly) would be more worthwhile.

Posted by pause422

Good. Hopefully it never gets to happen.

Edited by CitizenKane
jakob187 said:
"I hope the movie never sees the light of day.  I hate Verbinski, as he's yet to make a good movie (The Ring remake?  PIRATES OF THE CRAPIBBEAN?).  Getting someone far more acclaimed and visionary for the job (Ridley Scott comes to mind quickly) would be more worthwhile."
Great directors have shuned away from video game adaptations because of they have always ended up being terrible.  Unfortunately with the lack of the good directors wanting to do them, that means that bad directors get to make the movies and they continue to end up being terrible, thus continuing the ficious cycle.  In order to get quality directors into making adaptations, there has to be at least one good movie that will show that a good/great video game movie can be done.  BioShock has the potential to be this movie.
Posted by Systech

This is exactly what should happen.

Posted by MKHavoc

I don't see how this movie could work.  Your character never talks and you mostly learned the story through audio diaries.  I don't remember their being that much dialogue either.

Posted by giyanks22

I agree with MK havoc...video game movies rarely work.

Posted by theMcNasty

"a video game moving not getting made"

Lol.  But I really do hope they don't turn it into a Doom.

Posted by Jackel2072

please dont get made, please dont get made, please dont get made! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S HOLY PLEASE DON'T MAKES THIS MOVIE!  Bioshock great game! but hollywood will turn it into a mindless action movie with no plot. Which bioshock was anything but.

Posted by Media_Master

Any video game based movie that has the potential to be great is Bioshock or Metal Gear series.

Anything else is a wast of time.

Posted by dagas

step 1. build Rapture
step 2. let people move in
step 3. introduce adam
step 4. shoot the movie as a documentary

How hard can it be?

Edited by Arkthemaniac

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!


Ark: 1, Hollywood: 0.
Posted by Brackynews

Hollywood is the only industry that can say "will not become another Halo" with a straight face.
I hear Prague is popular for movies.  And unfortunately they're very familiar with flooding.


Posted by Jimbo_N

YES, agreed, spot on, Christina Ricci as little sister. That might be the best casting ever Mr. Davis ! genious.

Edited by zityz

Honestly though, Bioshock has an amazing setting. The movie could and CAN be done properly if, tthey get a decent actors and a proper director to shoot it. The thing with a movie like that though is that it would be really CG heavy. Come to think of it, I wouldnt mind a really well done Real D CG Movie, the thought of you in the sub going into rapture with the whale and all that in 3d and a big daddy lunging his drill at you in 3d, that would be some pretty badass shit right there.

Posted by Destroyeron

These no way this can work.

Posted by smokeH

if they actually make this right it will be amazing.

Posted by Falloutmadness

I think they should make I have a feeling it would be great!

Posted by ElectricHaggis

I hope they don't make it.  I like Bioshock a lot; too much to watch it being turned into a mediocre movie.
As for Verbinski's involvement, if the narrative quality of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is anything to go by, he's the wrong man for the job.

Posted by TwoOneFive

i read about this last week on joblo, the director is still very serious about this and says he will not let this turn out like the halo movie. and dude, he's an awesome director for this, he couldnt be more perfect amirite?!

Posted by TwoOneFive
ElectricHaggis said:
"I hope they don't make it.  I like Bioshock a lot; too much to watch it being turned into a mediocre movie.As for Verbinski's involvement, if the narrative quality of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is anything to go by, he's the wrong man for the job."
really? i think most people think he's a great choice, actually even a surprising choice because we know he's a really good director, and TANG's never get decent directors. 
Posted by Eelcire

The setting, story, and characters in the world of Rapture all would make for a great movie in the right hands. My real concern with an adaptation is that Bioshock is a very stylized game visually. How would you reproduce this in film?

Posted by TehPickle

This has every right to be a great movie! Someone needs to make it happen and I trust it more in Gore Verbinkski's hands than in the likes of Uwe Boll etc.

Having said that, I thought the same thing about Silent Hill, and look how that turned out... Average in every way except in the visual dept

Posted by usedtype

I'm not really sad about this since I've never considered Gore Verbinski to be a good director at all.  I liked the first Pirates of the Carribean, but the second was bad and the third even worse.  Looking at the rest of his filmography shows more movies I've not liked.

Posted by XuShin

Ah why must they continue this trend...stop already...

Posted by boomer__2312

a halo movie would have been crap because halo in itself was a great big in-grown turd, and bioshock would make for a great film.  (they probably would get jason statham to play the protagonist seeing as he already has  no emotions)  :D

Posted by neoyamaneko
Another ambitious movie based on a game stuck in developmental hell?  No way!