Ken Levine, creative director of BioShock, says there's currently no need for a film adaption.
In a recent interview with IndustryGamers, Ken Levine, creative director of the BioShock series, stated that for Irrational Games "there's no burning [desire] to have a [BioShock] movie made just to get it made," further dashing hopes that we would see the underwater city of Rapture brought to the silver screen anytime soon.
Since announcing the film over three years ago, a big-screen adaptation of Bioshock has hit several speed bumps along its development. Budget concerns and the loss of director Gore Verbinski of Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean fame have been proverbial screen-doors on the submarine of the film's production. Earlier this year, Levine expressed sentiments that a BioShock film is entirely possible, but with all of the issues plaguing the project it seems that for now the idea is mostly dead in the water.
At the very least, fans of the series can take some assurance that Irrational Games isn't going to cash out and let just anyone turn BioShock into a movie. Previous videogame films, such as Doom and Prince of Persia have all been met with mixed reviews for getting too far away from their source material, and Levine, who originally pursued a career in screenwriting before becoming a game designer at Looking Glass Studios in 1995, wants to be sure a BioShock film stays close to home.
"It's really got to be something that will a) give the fans something that they want," Levine said in the interview. "And b) for those who don't know BioShock, really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, and is it going to be a good representation of the game."
BioShock Infinite, the latest game in the series, is scheduled to release sometime next year.