Gore Verbinski making BioShock movie
Author: Joe Martin
Published: 9th May 2008 Comments (20)
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Gore Verbinski has signed on to direct a BioShock film, with plans for a Portal movie in mind too.
Gore Verbinski has signed on to direct a film based on BioShock as part of a film deal signed by Universal and games publisher Take-Two, it was revealed today. The deal is the first game-to-movie license that Take-Two has signed.
In an interview with Variety, Verbinski says he's excited to be a part of the project (obviously) and that he has been having regular chats with BioShock creator Ken Levine, who has not yet had a formal role in the project announced.
Verbinski says that he is ready to start working on the film as soon as the script is finalised and that Universal is currently in talks with John Logan, Oscar nominated writer of The Aviator, to produce said script. Whatever the case, Verbinski is a keen gamer himself and has indicated he plans to make an 18-certificate (R-rated) film out of BioShock.
"Of all the games out there, I think Bioshock is the one that's the most engaging," said Verbinski. "I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that's cleverly unveiled to players is brimming with cinematic potential."
Verbinski also mentions that he has recently finished Portal and that he'd love to make a film of that too if given the chance.
"I hope to make it up to Valve. "Portal" is one of my favorites. For now, it's just an open dialogue about how far we can push this thing."