One of the best new video game franchises around is 2K’s BioShock, which takes place in an underwater city based on the free market principles of Ayn Rand, but things have gone disastrously wrong. Players control a pilot who crash-lands at a secret entrance to the city, called Rapture, and is drawn into a power struggle during which he discovers that his will is not as free as he’d thought. The citizens of Rapture have become quasi-zombies. With Gore Verbinski now producing the live-action adaptation for Universal, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was brought on to direct last August — yet, there has been no progress. Verbinski updated IGN on the project, giving a pretty good reason for the delay. You want an R-rated film, right? Well don’t cha?
“We’re working trying to make it. The problem with BioShock was: R-rated movie, underwater, horror,” Verbinski tells IGN. “It’s a really expensive R-rated movie,” he explained. “So we’re trying to figure out a way working with [director] Juan Carlos [Fresnadillo] to get the budget down and still keep so it’s true to the core audience, you know? The thing is it has to be R, a hard R.”
“We don’t want to dumb it down, we don’t want to make it PG-13. We want to keep it really edgy, and it’s a huge bill,” Verbinski insisted.