BioShock Movie Still Possible, Says Ken Levine


As long as the conditions were right, BioShock could make a great movie, says the game’s creator.

Irrational Games’ creative director Ken Levine says that neither he, nor his studio, has given up on the idea of a BioShock movie. While the first attempt at adapting the objectivist-flavored, undersea dystopia for the big screen seems to have fizzled away to nothing, Levine says that it’s something that he’s still talking to people about.

Take Two first announced a BioShock movie deal in 2008, with Gladiator writer John Logan handling the script, and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski helming the project. Unfortunately, concerns over the movie’s budget delayed the project, and Verbinski eventually dropped out in 2009. The movie got a new director, in the form of 28 Weeks Later’s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, but problems with the budget continued to stall the production.

Levine doesn’t think that these problems are insurmountable though, and seems confident that BioShock could one day be adapted into movie form. “There’s a version of BioShock that makes a great game,” he said, “And there’s probably a version of BioShock that makes a great movie.” He said that, while it didn’t need to, Irrational would still like to see a movie get off the ground, but that everything would have to be just right before that could happen, and that trying anything else was just a recipe for failure. “It’s hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place.” He said. “If you don’t start with the right pieces, you don’t have a prayer.”

When asked about the idea of turning Irrational’s new game, BioShock Infinite into a movie, Levine was a little more hesitant, saying that his focus was first and foremost on getting the game done. He said that once that he had BioShock Infinite’s story properly mapped out, then he might be more willing to think about its movie potential.

Source: Industry Gamers

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