In an AMA on Reddit, Director Gore Verbinski was answering questions about his newest film, A Cure for Wellness (releasing to theaters tomorrow) when he was asked about his experience with other projects. Specifically, he was asked about BioShock.
Gore Verbinski has been responsible for movies such as The Ring and much of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Back in 2009, he was preparing to begin production on a BioShock title, when the film was suddenly scrapped.
In the AMA, Verbinski noted that the movie’s budget along with the more mature content he wanted to include were core at what went wrong.
“We were eight weeks prior shooting when the plug was pulled. It’s an R rated movie. I wanted to keep it R rated, I felt like that would be appropriate, and it’s an expensive movie. It’s a massive world we’re creating and it’s not a world we can simply go to locations to shoot. A Cure For Wellness, we were able to really utilize a variety of location to create the world. BioShock it wouldn’t work like that, we’d be building an entire underworld universe. So I think the combination of the price tag and the rating, Universal just didn’t feel comfortable ultimately.”
Verbinski went on to discuss how some R rated movies weren’t as well received at the time as they have been more recently. For that reason, he believes it might be possible to create an appropriate BioShock film adaptation today, but he doesn’t feel he can be the one to do it any longer.
“I think things have changed and maybe there will be another chance, but it’s very difficult when you’re eight weeks away from shooting a movie you really can see in your head and you’ve almost filmed the entire thing, so emotionally you’re right at that transition from architect to becoming a contractor and that will be a difficult place to get back to.”
BioShock: The Collection, which consisted of rereleases of BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, has been the most recent activity in the franchise. No new BioShock video game entry has been announced at this time.