Adaptation of 'Bioshock' Video Game Will Not Arrive Anytime Soon

November 16, 2011
Source: Industry Gamers


For the past couple years we've been hearing about an adaptation of the hit video game Bioshock with directors like Gore Verbinski and 28 Weeks Later filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached to helm the feature, but it's been well over a year since any real updates have surfaced about the project. However, Irrational Games executive Ken Levine. recently spoke to Industry Gamers (via Empire), and he had both some disappointing and good news for those looking forward to the film adaptation. Essentially, the project was close to getting off the ground, but fell apart, and now they don't want to push it unless it feels right.

Here's what Levine had to say on the topic:

"We got very close to having it get made – we had a deal in place and a director. But for us there's no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made. For us and for Take-Two, it's really got to be something that will A) give the fans something that they want, and B) for those who don't know 'Bioshock,' really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, and is it going to be a good representation of the game."

As for those looking to have a film adaptation of a video game finally capture the essence of the game's story, Levine says, "There are differences between games and movies, no doubt, but the movie has to draw from the same DNA in terms of the world and the story beats." However, this doesn't sound like a problem they're looking to fix quickly since Levine followed up by saying, "But you know, we don't have a need to get it made." So that means it's pretty much game over for a Bioshock movie, at least for the time being. Of course, I'd rather have producers wait to get all the right pieces together rather than make it just to make it.

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


Glad to see video game industry people understand that not every video game needs to be turned into a movie. 

Michael Lee on Nov 16, 2011


Soooo where was the good news in all that? All I saw was disappointing news

Chip_Tha_Ripper on Nov 16, 2011


Good news is now there won't be a half assed Bioshock movie. lol.

Daniel Vu Tran on Nov 16, 2011


I'm glad they're not so anxious to whore out their property to the succubus that is hollywood. I played the first Bioshock, and loved it. I do not want to see a half-assed movie version ruin it.

grimjob on Nov 16, 2011

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