The much talked about Bioshock movie was officially canceled at the beginning of this year. And it seems Ken Levine was the one who decided to place the final brick in the projects tomb.
In a recent article with Eurogamer, Levine revealed he personally decided to end the entire project after the film’s original director, Gore Verbinski, was replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, director of Inacto. Levine explained how Universal Studios disagreed with the R rating Verbinski wanted to achieve for the film. Levine felt the handing off to a new director and the need for a PG-13 rating, wasn’t in line with the creative direction he wanted.
I think Levine made the right move. Too many video game movies have failed when the creative direction slips too far away from the source material. I’d rather see this project killed off than endure another terrible adaptation, especially a franchise as respected as Bioshock. He did assure a movie may still be made, but “it’d have to be the right combination of people.” Well, let’s hope those forces come together, to bring this film back from the dead and into theaters.