Gore Verbinski Still Insisting on an R-Rated Bioshock Movie


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?

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Great game great imagery! Must be an R!!!

  • Mfrecords1138

    I wouldn't want a pG-13 rated Bioshock movie, but considering that there haven't been any good video game's turned into movies, I would have no reason to see this anyway, regardless of the rating. Just because it's more violent, doesn't mean the story is any better.

  • Kolli

    has to be an R, btw princ of persia was okay

  • onigen

    Great games; hope the movie won't suck.

  • Heba_prisonbreak

    Sure I'm eager to see BIoshock R-rated movie.It sounds very interesting story.I wish I see it soon as a very very successful movie.Looking forward to see Wentworth Miller on it as Jack.He's very talented actor & will be awesome in this role.
    Best wishes to see him in this great story.Best wishes to be a wonderful movie.The best movie based on a video game adaptation :)