In a recent interview with ComingSoon.net, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski discussed why the movie adaptation of videogame BioShock fell apart. Turns out, itt was the movie’s R rating, and Verbinski’s dedication to that rating, that kept the movie from moving forward.
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he explained. “Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’ It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”
The fate of the BioShock movie remains relatively unknown. Verbinski passed off directorial duties to 28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo last summer. Around that time, BioShock creator Ken Levine said, “I can’t tell you whether it’s going to happen for sure or it’s not going to happen for sure, but it’s something we are actively discussing, quite actively, and actively working on.”