Frustrated Gore Verbinski Sheds Light On Stalled BioShock Movie

by Matt Bertz on Feb 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Films based on video games never seem to pan out. Sometimes they're crippled by untalented directors, and sometimes when they land A-list talent the studios fail to properly finance the projects. Add BioShock to the list of games stuck in film purgatory.

Speaking to ComingSoon.net, Gore Verbinski discussed the complications facing the film translation of Irrational's masterpiece.

“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 said. "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.”

It sucks we're not getting a BioShock movie any time soon, but you have to admire Verbinski for sticking to his convictions. Here's to hoping that one day studio execs understand that there are several million gamers old enough to watch R movies.