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Creators, Filmmakers Still "Actively" Pursuing Bioshock Movie

At this rate, we're going to have to incorporate a separate movie section at PSXE to review films based on games. ...but if history is any guide, those scores will be too depressing. Eh, forget it.

Anyway, if there's one series that could really be turned into a great movie - provided the requisite effort was put forth - it's Bioshock. And the good news is, that film is in the works; franchise creator Ken Levine told DC radio station 106.7 (as noted by Kotaku) that it's "actively" moving forward. Of course, nothing is inevitable in that business and Levine clarifies that he can't guarantee anything at this time. "I can't tell you whether it's going to happen for sure or it's not going to happen for sure," he said. He did talk about one major obstacle, though, and fans of the series should know what it is: the protagonist, Jack, is sort of a non-entity. Can't really have a "non-entity" as the main character in a movie, right? So Levine says the trick will be to bypass the standard "hand with a gun look" so he'll actually be a "person who is going through some sort of progression through his life."

Initially, Gore Verbinski (of "Pirates of the Caribbean" fame) was slated to direct, but he has now switched to producing. The new director is Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("Intacto," "28 Weeks Later"). Here's hoping everything turns out well for Levine and Co.

Tags: bioshock, bioshock 2, bioshock movie

9/1/2010 8:48:03 PM John Shepard

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 9:42:34 PM

That sounds worrisome. Whenever film makers try to fill in the blanks they take things in the wrong direction.

I bet I could do something with that character.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 11:19:45 PM

So does Levine have some kind of creative input/control with this movie? If yes, then there is hope.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:16:33 AM

That first paragraph made me laugh... Yes, a Bioshock movie would be awesome, but it wouldn't want to follow the game. I'd rather see it as a sort of Bioshock 3, expanding on the story of Rapture. Perhaps set it during the degeneration of the city? That'd be cool and would certainly make for a very Hollywood feel. On the other hand, maybe set it between the two games and show how the sheila came to power (I haven't played the second one yet, so don't blame me if that is explained).

Then again, Jack Ryan could really be a brilliant protagonist, if they manage to write him properly.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 4:22:24 AM

Why do they insist on making films of games/games of films.

Historically and statistically - it's been shown they dont translate.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 6:44:27 AM

as long as 2K marin have a head in it than im fine with it, otherwise leave my beloved bioshock alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 8:16:25 AM

Umm please leave bioshock alone, no movie making for this game....

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Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:53:21 PM

I really do hope they do this in the correct way. I would enjoy seeing it.

Truthfully, I haven't ever really seen a 'great' adaption of anything. The original form is always better if seen/read/played first. However, I have realized that I must view the adaption with an open mind. Yes, things will be different, movies are shorter than books or video games after all, but it might still be good in the entertaining aspect.

Good idea or bad idea, I could argue for days on either side actually. However, I'd much rather just try to enjoy it for what it is, a form of entertainment.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:06:24 PM


*sniff* why couldn't he stay around for a bit longer...

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