Verbinski leaves Bioshock?
The last we heard was that Bioshock had been stopped due to an ever escalating budget that the studio just wasn't happy paying for, despite this property being another huge video game with a a wealth of story and characters behind it.
Now the news gets even worse, it looks like Gore Verbinski is considering leaving the film because of the ongoing budget issues and the requirement that it might have to shoot abroad for a year and a half.
When you hear Gore Verbinski talk about the Bioshock film he sounds less than interested nowadays, and when you read the rest of the interview over at the LA Times through HorrorMovies.ca, you'll see he's far more excited about his new video games studio producing video games.
So where does that leave Bioshock? Well Verbinski thinks it's definitely abroad, and perhaps not with him,
"The bottom line is it has to shoot out of the States for budget reasons and my schedule may be prohibitive. There's a great script and a really interesting cast. It really comes down to the financial model now. Big movies are just not being shot in the States. I'm weighing whether I can physically go the U.K. or Australia or one of those other places with a tax rebate for a year-and-a-half."
I have to agree with imh314, it seems like this is a pretty downbeat appraisal of the current situation and it doesn't seem positive for Verbinski continuing on the film.
However he does say that the cast is "really interesting" and that there's a great script too, the question is will they survive the loss of Verbinski, for it looks like if the film doesn't get made in the U.S. then Verbinski is leaving the project.