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If director Gore Verbinski (left) has his way, the film version of the game “BioShock” will stay true to its R-rated, horror, and underwater origins, which means, of course, lots of money. Whenever you start putting a cast into the water, it always means lots of money. Just ask the studio that paid for Kevin Costner’s “Waterworld”, or the one that funded James Cameron’s “Titanic”. Of course, one way around that is to do all the underwater stuff in CG, but even that, I imagine, would be more expensive than your average land movie.
Gore Verbinski was initially supposed to direct “BioShock”, but after the studio decided to shoot the film out of the country, he bailed, but has remained on as producer. “28 Weeks Later” director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was then brought onboard to direct, but he, too, seems to have found something else to occupy his time. According to Verbinski, he still insists that the movie is happening … one of the days. The director tells IGN:
We’re working trying to make it. The problem with BioShock was: R-rated movie, underwater, horror. It’s a really expensive R-rated movie. So we’re trying to figure out a way working with [director] Juan Carlos [Fresnadillo] to get the budget down and still keep so it’s true to the core audience, you know? The thing is it has to be R, a hard R….
We don’t want to dumb it down, we don’t want to make it PG-13. We want to keep it really edgy, and it’s a huge bill.
So huge, in fact, that Universal may force a PG-13 rating on the filmmakers anyway (whether Verbinski is still on the project or not), if simply to safeguard their investment and ensure the widest audience possible. At this point, I don’t think ol Gore has much of a say in the matter if Universal wants to go in that direction.
Would you watch a PG-13 “BioShock” movie?