Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock Movie on Hold

Maybe he shouldn’t have bowed out of directing the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie after all, because Gore Verbinski’s live-action adaptation of the videogame “Bioshock” has hit rough waters of the dollar kind. With the film’s budget having ballooned to $160 million, Universal Pictures has declared no mas and told Verbinski to get the budget down or they ain’t making it. For his part, Verbinski has agreed (what else is he gonna do?), so now the studio and director are looking at ways to save cost, like moving the production overseas.

According to Variety, moving the production overseas would be primarily to take advantage of tax credits for film production, such as in Australia, where a lot of big-budget Hollywood productions are going nowadays. Although for “Bioshock”, they’re looking at London as a possible replacement.

Scripted by John Logan (“Gladiator”), the live-action “Bioshock” would take place in an underwater city called Rapture, where a pilot crash-lands near a secret entrance and becomes involved in a power struggle. See, this is why I stay away from secret underwater cities. Nothing good can ever come out of it.

The film is still in the early stages of pre-production, and there is no cast. Although someone has attached Wentworth Miller of Prison Break fame to the movie over at IMDB.com.

Below: The creep girl? Not an original part of the biosuit.