Gore Verbinski Ditches Pirates of the Caribbean for BioShock
by Alex Billington
April 8, 2009
This isn't exactly new news, but considering we didn't know what Gore Verbinski would be directing next, it is at least news. Variety has confirmed that Verbinski has told Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not be directing the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Instead, Verbinski will be moving onto the live-action adaptation of the video game BioShock, which was first announced last May. Universal is developing this, with a script written by Oscar nominated screenwriter John Logan of Any Given Sunday, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, and Sweeney Todd.
"I had a fantastic time bringing Pirates to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team," Verbinski told Variety. "I'm looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future." Since At World's End hit in 2007, Verbinski has been working on an animated film called Rango that will feature the voice of Johnny Depp. In addition to BioShock, he's also attached to a remake of Clue, a Second Life movie, a project called Black Hole about a scammed rancher, and David Fincher's Heavy Metal. Now you know why we were unsure of what Verbinski would be doing next.
I actually think this is great news, not only because I love Verbinski's style and have a feeling it'll work perfectly for BioShock, but also because I think a movie version BioShock will be awesome. I've heard some other exciting details about this that I can't yet report, but I can tell you this isn't a video game adaptation to be worried about. While a budget hasn't been revealed, this BioShock movie is looking to be one of the most expensive video game movies besides Prince of Persia (via SlashFilm). Welcome to Rapture.