Bioshock enthusiasts, prepare to be Bioshocked (I am so sorry for that pun, but I just can’t bring myself to delete it). Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has left pre-production on the Bioshock film adaptation, following on the heels of Gore Verbinski.
Fresnadillo, in an interview with Indiewire, says “Right now it’s on hold. The studio and the videogame company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating.” This may come as a relief to gamers who are sick of seeing their favorite stories unceremoniously butchered on the silver screen, though to be fair Uwe Boll wasn’t on board for this one so there was still some hope.
As it is, Bioshock creator Ken Levine isn’t too broken up about the loss. In an interview with industrygamers, Levine stressed that, “for us there’s no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made,” Levine stressed to us. “For us and for Take-Two, it’s really got to be something that will a) give the fans something that they want, and b) for those who don’t know BioShock, really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, and is it going to be a good representation of the game.”
With this kind of attitude, hopefully the hiatus will prove beneficial to the final version of the film — or, should they fail to come to an agreement, it might prevent yet another abominable, half-assed film from continuing the already underwhelming tradition of video game movies in general.