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Gore Verbinski to make Bioshock

GoreVerbinski.jpgAnother video game adaptation has been announced. This time it's Bioshock getting the film treatment. They have a high profile director attached in Gore Verbinski. Universal have gained the rights to make the film version, and have snapped up the director of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.

Following the Halo debacle which ended with the film being shelved, Universal have set up a deal which they hope will ensure the film actually gets made. Gore Verbinski is excited about bringing the Bioshock world to the big screen. He had this to say to Variety:

I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that's cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential. Of all the games I've played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative.

There is no release date scheduled, but Verbinski will start work as soon as the script is finished. Hopefully the deal they have in place will mean that this adaptation actually goes ahead. Could this be the first game to film adaptation that really makes the grade?



Bioshock has a pretty decent story so Verbinski on board sounds promising. Hopefully it will turnout better than Streetfighter The Movie ;-)


I remember you and Martin talking about it at the last games night. It's on my rental list but between Halo 3, Gears of War , Rainbow Six and now GTA IV I haven't got round to it yet.

Yeah, it's on my LOVEFiLM rental list too, however I think it has next to nothing to do with how good the game is in turning out a good videogame film.

Just look at some of the videogame properties that have such a rich storyline that could have, and have been, made into films. Then look at how they've turned out.

Just because Bioshock has a strong story doesn't mean it'll work out. There's a long road to a final film and there are so many changes and creative influences on that road that the story can change radically.

One thing that does bode well is that Verbinski will bring with him funding, and that's usually a great first step.


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