Guillermo del Toro Interested in BioShock Movie Too?
Okay - maybe that title is a bit misleading. Guillermo del Toro is one of the hottest filmmakers in Hollywood at the moment. Everyone wants him on every project, but there are only a few that are the perfect fit for him. The guys at SlashFilm dug up some recent posts del Toro wrote on his official forums that mentioned both The Hobbit and BioShock - too very high profile projects currently in the works. However, Guillermo isn't exactly signed to either yet and he isn't that interested in BioShock either. But there's a lot more to this than just those simple updates.
We first reported the rumor that a BioShock movie was in the works back in January. The game from 2K was one of 2007's most highly praised gaming releases receiving high scores from critics and selling like hotcakes upon its release in August. The immersive environment found under the depths in the city of Rapture does actually seem like a peculiarly perfect fit for Guillermo, who we all know is brilliant at imagining darker environments and intricate creatures (of which BioShock has both). However, let's not jump the gun. As much as Guillermo actually does love BioShock, he's not too keen on the movie.
"I love BIOSHOCK from a design point of view," says del Toro. "But Unless its a HELLBOY sequel I am not that eager to engage in another action-oriented movie. Even if the other elements are right. BUT… if I found the right pitch on the material, who knows - the BIOSHOCK universe is indeed wonderful."
So in essence - don't get your hopes up. First off, it was a rumor that a BioShock movie was in the works anyway. The report had said that a "major film production company" was in talks but nothing was officially confirmed. And since then we haven't heard anything either. So take this entire post as a bit of speculation (for fun, if anything). What is confirmed is that Guillermo would be interested and is fond of the game - but that doesn't mean that a film adaptation is even in the works nor is he in the running for director.
As for The Hobbit, we already reported a few weeks ago that things were on track and that Guillermo wasn't officially signed. He reiterates this point again stating, "I have to be patient and wait until the papers are done and my attachment is real." He also goes on to add that "there has been a lot of movement. And for the last few weeks there has been a lot of creative / cast / crew / visual talks and agreements and we have witnessed great progress in areas."
I might have the chance to talk with Guillermo this coming weekend at the New York Comic Con. If I do get to talk with him (or if anyone else asks him during the Q&A), I'll be sure to bring up BioShock and The Hobbit. Unfortunately all updates on The Hobbit won't be any different until it's announced by New Line officially, but I'll be interested to hear about Guillermo's future after Hellboy II. He's got so many other projects in the works already as well: At the Mountains of Madness, Frankenstein, Champions, a B.P.R.D. spin-off, and even Dr. Strange.
What is your most anticipated upcoming Guillermo del Toro project (after Hellboy II)?