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)?
Whoa I love Del Toro.. this might actually be a good video game movie if he makes it. But yeah i am most excited for At the Mountain of Madness that is like my most anticipated movie of all time.
CSpuppydog on Apr 13, 2008
You played with my heart too much with that title, you bastard.
CajoleJuice on Apr 14, 2008
Pan's Labyrinth may have been an interesting film, but Hellboy and Blade II were pretty damn trashy. I don't see why all of a sudden Del Toro is someone 'everyone wants' on 'every project'.
Brad on Apr 14, 2008
Aww. My hopes went way up too! But I am way more excited about the other projects (esp. AMoM) too be too heartbroken!
Melissa on Apr 14, 2008
Guillermo del Toro would be perfect for this project and really hope he does get around to doing it but i wont get my hopes up.
Curtis on Apr 14, 2008
Guillermo del Toro rocks! I personally thought that "Blade 2" was a vast improvement over the 1st one and the best in the "Blade" series. "Hellboy" is a visionary comic book movie where the title character was a colorful, multi-dimensional persona. "Pan's Labyrinth" completely kicked a$$. "The Hobbit" and "Bioshock" stand to be done justice at the superior hands of del Toro IF he agrees to direct. Let's face it, in Hollywood only a small group of individuals have real talent and del Toro is in that group.
Spider on Apr 14, 2008
Yeah, please, let del Toro do it! The game itself was absolutely fantastic.
Dan on Apr 15, 2008
#6 - Thank you. I love "Blade 2." I understand it's by no means an incredible movie, but its so much fun. Being an animator, I really love the exaggerated CG fight sequences. But personally, they could just show someone playing BioShock on a theater screen and it would do better. It's meant to be a game. I'd love for Hollywood to learn than not everything should be adapted to film.
Ian Kazimer on Apr 15, 2008
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