It seems like for the past five years a BioShock cinematic adaptation has fluctuated through all phases that a film typically does. At times it felt like a BioShock movie was all but a given, especially after director Gore Verbinski signed on, but then those hopes were soon dashed.
Now, it appears the BioShock movie might be back on track, or at least a new studio is ready to give adapting the popular video game a try, this according to a series of domain registrations made by Sony.
Sony reportedly registered three domains last month for bioshockmovie.com, bioshock-movie.net, and bio-shock.net. Folks will remember that the first attempt at a BioShock movie was in development at Universal Pictures, but now it seems the rights have jumped to Sony.
While this is not an outright admission that Sony is working on a BioShock movie, it wouldn’t make sense for Sony to register these domains if they at least didn’t have the film rights. In fact, it’s entirely possible that Sony just recently picked up the rights after they reverted away from Universal once their adaptation stalled.
The BioShock property does lend itself well to the motion picture medium, but, as Universal discovered, it’s also an expensive endeavor. Universal’s project was actually pretty far along with Gore Verbinski — sets were in the process of being built — before the budget had already ballooned to $160 million+. Then Universal went back to the drawing board with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, before eventually letting the adaptation dry out.
Despite all the inherent risks, though, if BioShock is a hit, it could be a massive one given the uniqueness of the world, the iconic details in the property (Big Daddies, Little Sisters, an underwater city called Rapture), and a buzz worthy second act twist. But the main concern among fans is respecting the property — something that a lot of video game adaptations, like Prince of Persia, Super Mario Bros., and Need for Speed, have failed to do. We’ll keep you posted if any more BioShock movie news surfaces in coming weeks.
Do you think we will ever see a BioShock movie? Who would you like to see direct the movie?