Ken Levine Shut Down The BioShock Film Adaptation

by Kyle Hilliard on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Ken Levine, the man who wrote BioShock and imagined its world, officially put a stop to the film adaption.

At one time, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Weather Man director Gore Verbinski was behind the project, fighting to make sure it was an R-rated film that paid proper tribute to the game's tone. The studio got cold feet about funding the movie, however, and Verbinski stepped away from the project. The studio assigned another director to the project, and as things got complicated and began to fall apart, it fell on Levine to keep fighting for the film, or put a stop to the whole thing, and he decided to go with the latter.

In an interview with Eurogamer, when asked about the film Levine said, "2K's one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it."

Films based on licensed video games have yet to prove they can be successful, and I have trouble imagining BioShock would have translated well to film. Are you disappointed that Levine decided to shut down the project?