Monday, June 1, 2009

NEWS: Is The Bioshock Film DOA?

Early this year, news came out that it may be clear sailing for the much talked about adaptation of the 2007 hit video game, Bioshock. Well, that ship may have just sank.

In a recent interview with the LA Times, Gore Verbinski admitted that the production of BioShock has been halted, which isn't the new news, but then went on to say that Universal has felt that it may be best to move the production of the film outside of the US to lower the already rocketing budget, he said he wasn't sure he wanted to do that.

Verbinski, who is currently working on the animated film "Rango," isn't confident about "BioShock's" making it to the big screen. It's been previously reported that the film is on hold due to concerns about its escalating budget. Verbinski tells the Times that it could probably get made, if it is shot in one of those foreign countries that offer a generous tax credit. And he's not sure whether he wants to go overseas for the year-plus it would require to make it.

The film has been stalled due to huge rocketing budget costs since this past April, and it looks as though that film is nearly dead. I personally hope that this film DOES get made with Verbinski at the helm, but maybe it may be best to hold the film until his finishes Rango, his upcoming animated film, and maybe even after the much talked about Lone Ranger adaptation. I don't know exactly what the budget costs are due to, but it's obviously visual effects and location costs, so maybe given 5-6 years, it may be more viable. The game IS only going to be 2 years old this year, WITH a sequel to be released late '09. So who knows. As of this second though, the film is dead.

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