Verbinski Dropping BioShock, Luketic Directing Barbarella?
Two different directors, two different projects. First up, rumor is Gore Verbinski might be leaving the BioShock adaptation that Universal has in development. The director spoke with the LA Times recently and when asked about BioShock, admitted that with halt in production and Universal's desire to move the entire project outside of the US to cut costs, he isn't sure if he can, or wants, do it anymore. Separately, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that since Robert Rodriguez dropped off of the Barbarella remake, director Robert Luketic has stepped in and is supposedly developing it at an entirely different studio.
Back in April, Universal put the BioShock movie on hold because a skyrocketing budget. I always thought Verbinski was a perfect choice to direct the video game adaptation, as he has great experience and a great visual style. But now he's just not sure of the project anymore. "There's a great script and a really interesting cast. It really comes down to the financial model now. Big movies are just not being shot in the States. I'm weighing whether I can physically go the U.K. or Australia or one of those other places with a tax rebate for a year-and-a-half." This isn't official confirmation, but it's being touted as an "early warning sign."
Back in May, Rodriguez explained to MTV that his Barbarella remake was dead in the water because the only way he could get the funding he needed was to move the production to Germany, which he didn't want to do. However, word is that Legally Blonde and 21 director Rob Luketic is now working with Dino De Laurentiis' company (which owns the rights to the property) to develop the movie with a different studio (instead of Universal). "It will be a big intergalactic adventure with a sexy twist," EW's insider says. I liked having Rodriguez remaking this, but maybe Luketic can do a good job as well. We'll find out soon.