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Did ‘Watchmen’ Help Sink ‘BioShock’ Feature?!

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If there were one adaptation I wanted more than anything, it was to see the video game “BioShock” turned into a feature film. The story arc and incredible designs primed it for the big screen treatment. Unfortunately, a ballooning budget, among other factors, caused the dream to sink.

EuroGamer caught up with Irrational’s Ken Levine at BAFTA, where he was on hand to promote “BioShock Infinite”. There, he spoke on the dead movie that once had Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring‘s Gore Verbinski attached to direct.

The shocker? He personally killed the project!

There was a deal in place, and it was in production at Universal – Gore Verbinski was directing it,” said Levine. “My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film – which is like a 17/18 plus, where you can have blood and naked girls. Well, I don’t think he wanted naked girls. But he wanted a lot of blood.” He continues, “Then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film.

This caused Universal to bring in a new director, which made Levine uncomfortable: “So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it.

I personally would rather see the movie done with the blessing of Levine, thus I’ll give him a standing ovation for standing his ground. Still, I hope they eventually figure out a way to make it, and make it well..

  • divisionbell

    Wow that’s really disappointing. Sounds like Gore Verbinski had the right idea. Thank god for people who Fede Alvereze and Raimi who have the balls to make a movie the way it should be made. Glad they didn’t skimp and make a watered down vesion of Bioshock though.

  • dr.lamb

    Damn. I would have preferred a “BioShock” movie over that mediocre “Watchmen” movie.

  • ljbad

    If Gore still doesn’t want it… can I please have 80 million to make a film?

  • weresmurf

    I would much prefer they kill it like they did, than make a half assed version. 200m for a budget does not in any way guarantee you will get a brilliant film. Giant budgets do make it easier to get sets, effects etc but it doesn’t guarantee films will be brilliant. It’s about creativity, ingenuity, the ability to work around what you have. That’s why movies like Dredd and District 9 LOOK like they have exceedingly high budgets when the fact is they’re on uber low ones comparitivey while movies like Jack the Giant Slayer look half arsed and cheap in comparison yet manage to be made on massive budgets of 195 million+

    I do like Gore Verbinski, but with his filmography, he’s batting around 50/50 in terms of quality, visually he’s amazing but in terms of being a director he’s a bit over the place. The Pirates movies are a great example of that. Pirates 1? Great. 2 meh. 3 wtf. Thank god he jumped ship(t) for part 4…

    • dr.lamb

      I think, Verbinski is in fact a very good director in the sense that he is a good craftsman. That means that a good part of the quality of his movies depend on his co-workers and the material he is working with, that is, the script.
      I blame Bruckheimer for the bad Pirate movies, the movies of his production company are always streamlined to his special demands and end as gutless Blockbusters whose origins on the drawing board are obvious. That guy is worse than Disney.

  • Ultrazilla

    Lame! Bioshock could easily be made into a PG-13 film if that’s what it took. Blood in the games was minimal, and creepy make up effects for the Little Sisters and Splicers wouldn’t push it into R territory. And of course they could always shoot more extreme footage for home video unrated use if need be. Very sad about this.

  • flesheater24

    So fuck that noise, get this made ASAP. I still have faith in. Hey guys why don’t you kick start it :) do it. Do a kickstarter. And watchmen was sick. just it was long and it couldn’t have many showings :( but it was an awesome movie still.

  • Laugh Riot

    Do it right or don’t do it at all. Nothing wrong with wanting a good high budget movie than one that wont have half the things a good Bioshock Movie deserves. A story that

    • Laugh Riot

      respects the game maybe even adding more detail into it. Great effects I wanna see freaky splicers, intimidating Big Daddys not to mention the plasmids. I don’t think a poor funded movie would do it justice. 80mil may not be enough for actors, effects and anything else they would need. I do agree with the whole massive spending don’t equal quality. But it sounded like the director would have done great they was spooked by Watchmen’s sells and chickened out. 80mil maybe a good animated movie could have been pulled off. Bioshock The Plasmids Within… lol