BioShock movie loses director, put on hold
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Mar 26, 2012 12:30PM PDT
Progress moves slowly in Hollywood. Take BioShock and its associated movie project. The film has stalled over and over again, and now it's hit another roadblock. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the director brought in after Gore Verbinksi left the project, has said that he's no longer attached.
"To be honest, by now, I'm completely out of that, and developing other stuff," Fresnadillo told IndieWire (via Gamasutra). "Right now it's on hold. The studio and the video game company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating."
The budget has long been a major consideration for the project, which is no surprise after so many high-profile video game adaptations have flopped. The ratings issue is particularly notable for fans, since the mood of the game would lend itself to an R-rating -- but R-rated movies don't usually bring in audiences the way PG-13 films do. As of four months ago, BioShock creator Ken Levine said the project is "still in the conversation," but was non-committal about plans. Now that the project has been put on hold yet again, it's hard to tell when we'll hear more.