More than 10 years ago, fans of Bioshock we rubbed our hands with what was planned to be a faithful adaptation of the plot. The mere idea of seeing the scenarios of the first game and some of its most famous sections would have already been worth it, but that finally came to nothing.
With the support of Ken levine, creator of the game, a Gore Verbinski who came from bursting the theaters with Pirates of the Caribbean had everything to face to get down to work, but a few weeks after starting filming, the studies shelved the project
“It was strange, in my first meeting with Universal about Bioshock I was sitting in a room and saying, ‘Guys, this is a 200 million dollar movie with an R rating.’ And there was silence.
I remember my agent saying “why do you say that?” And I was, well, because it is. Why try to kill a movie before you start? That was before having a script, first of all. I just wanted to make it clear, and I think everyone was like: well, yeah, ok, maybe. Wow, no. It’s big, we already know. “
The fact is that, as Verbinski himself recounted in a recent interview
“We were about to start shooting a $ 200 million R movie and they were cowering. I think Watchmen had just come out shortly before, so there was a little bit of ‘these movies have to be for over 13s.’ It must be for people over 13.
(…) Do you want to do it? I said, and there was silence in a room filled with 30 executives, marketing people, everyone. I’m trying to do this, so don’t waste people’s time if you’re not willing to do it. “
And it was not done. The project continued to lurch through Hollywood during a good season and there were even other directors like Guillermo del Toro who were interested in him, but today the possibility of seeing Rapture on a movie screen is the most remote. A pity, because it is precisely the type of story that would be useful to air today.