For all the terrible Alone in the Dark and Doom style video game franchises that get film adaptations, there are just as many great properties that deserve the big screen treatment. One such game, BioShock, was on its way to getting its own movie, however the game’s creator Ken Levine has stated that this is no longer happening at this point.
Levine recently talked to Industrygamers about the film, saying:
“We got very close to having it get made—we had a deal in place and a director. But for us there’s no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made. 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. There are differences between games and movies, no doubt, but the movie has to draw from the same DNA in terms of the world and the story beats. But you know, we don’t have a need to get it made.”
The director that was in place was Gore Verbinski, who has worked on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but he reportedly had a hard time making the film with the PG-13 rating.
BioShock tells the story of an underwater utopia that goes horribly wrong. The upcoming game BioShock Infinite will focus more on the skies than the sea, however.