Former Director Shares Details on Failed ‘BioShock’ Film Adaptation

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Failed BioShock Adaptation Details

The BioShock movie, at least for now, is dead. It’s current iteration that was being crafted under Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo just couldn’t quite get to a point where there was any traction.

As such, the project is now in a holding pattern with Fresnadillo, like Gore Verbinski before him, moving on to direct other films. But, before Fresnadillo completely wipes his hands clean of the BioShock property, IGN sat down with him to get his thoughts on the property, and to find out what makes BioShock unique amongst a wide variety of adaptations.

First and foremost, Fresnadillo wanted to give his vision of the BioShock movie, which would have been very much grounded in reality. Sure, Irrational Games‘ title has a very expansive imagination, but part of luring in a typical film-going audience is giving them some tangible elements to hold on to.

Fresnadillo also believes very strongly that BioShock could only exist as an R-rated film. The violence in the BioShock universe has always been quite unique, but also quite bloody, so it would make sense to keep the film R to preserve that. Unfortunately, it seems like with both Verbinski and Fresnadillo’s stabs at the adaptation, the R rating was the biggest roadblock. Oftentimes an R-rating for something that is meant to skew younger can be the “kiss of death” and in this case it certainly was.

Still, Fresnadillo holds out hope that BioShock will be the film adaptation that breaks the mold of bad video game adaptations (we can’t forget Prince of Persia fast enough) because Irrational Games created such a rich world. It would be important to stick to the story beats that have already been established, but it would be how they connect all of that information in two hours or so that determines how successful the film is. Hopefully something can come of this failed attempt, because BioShock has a strong cinematic quality as a video game, making its film potential that much more viable.

Do you hope to one day see BioShock adapted to the big screen? What elements are important to preserving the spirit of the video game (i.e. R rating)?

Source: IGN


TAGS: 2K Games, Bioshock, Irrational Games

  • Haddicus

    I think an Assassins Creed movie is more feasable, and there’s plenty of content there to write a well balanced movie.

  • KEvin

    The R rating shouldn’t be a problem. The game is rated M the game equivalent of an R rating.

  • pianoman_kandra

    here is the issue with hollywood movies making adaptations in general. Instead of using the script that the author wrote for them, they instead make a script that they like and sometimes they change it to make the story the way they want it. Instead of just following the original material. A great example of following original material of course is The Lord of the Rings. It kept all the major story points, let go of some of the more useless points, but the big thing was this. IT DID NOT ADD ANYTHING THAT WASNT IN THE BOOK. that is what worries me with movies like the Hunger Games or Assassin’s Creed. Moviemakers have great imaginations, and others are to pretentious to just follow the original content. Maybe we should just let Peter Jackson do all the adaptations cause he seems to be the only one who can do it well. Or Christopher Nolan…

    • SportFrog

      Totally agree. There’s so many great books and video games that have been made into movies, and most of the time the movies are disappointing and occasionally ruin everything. Like you I’m very worried about the hunger games. I don’t think they picked the right persob to pkay Katniss, and some other characters are iffy. And the atmosphere just doesn’t seem right. So if BioShock was made into a movie, those are some things I’d be worry about. Anyways, I just don’t think they could use real people for most of the characters. It just wouldn’t work right. But if they think they can make a movie that stays true to the game, then I’m all for it.

  • Sid

    Most Awesome games are given an M rating and most Awesome movies are given an R rating, so I see no problem with this. A majority of the entertainment today is moving towards an adult aspect. So why would the R – rating kill the buzz for the movie?

  • Melvin B. Benson V

    Whichever director can make this movie happen will become famous instantly. The concept, dialouge, and story are already ripe for the taking. Sure there is a bit that will be needed to be made, and I honestly wouldn’t mind even some content exclusive to a film adaption.
    Films are made to make films, games are made to make games, so a little difference isnt that bad. If they change key elements, and characters we love so much like Steinman,or Cohen, or Ryan, then screw them.
    Just make sure those Big Daddies and Little Sisters all sound like they do in the game. I keep going back to those games for the great sound effects. and the gameplay too i guess. XD

  • Quist11

    as long as the mantain the essence of bioshock, Atlas, Andrew Ryan and the conflict inside rapture, then it would be good. Since Jack doesn’t even actually have a face that means who he is could be delved more deeply in a movie.

  • jwalka

    a live action bioshock movie wouldn’t work, can you imagine how cheesy the plasmids will look, how weird everything will feel to those that have never played the games ?
    i would opt for a CG movie, the cut-scenes in the games looked amazing, so they could hire those people to do the CG stuff, and just have kevin levine or someone else that was apart of the original game write an alternate story centring around the fall of rapture (something bioshock 2’s mp failed at doing).

    FYI you dont need an R rating for the movie, the games scariest moments where at the very beginning when you where new to the world and would crap your pants everytime a splicer jumped out of a toilet cubical, so the movie could work with light action and alot of jump scares and atmospheric moments (like a horror movie), the over the top blood and gore will detract people and furthers my point about non-bioshock players not getting wtf is going on and assuming its another cliché sci-fi slasher movie.

    • DarthMalnu

      I think plasmids could work well as long as they were portrayed as being painful and disturbing to utilize. It would have to come off more as self mutilation than a super power, perhaps with Jack slowly growing to enjoy it to the point of addiction. Like a cutter/junkie.

  • Graverobber

    I pray to god to whoever makes this movie please do not hire M. Night Shyamalan guy messed up my favorite anime Avatar with that crappy movie the last air bender.

  • Ajeno

    This would work better as a Lynch-esque TV series. A movie would just be crap in all honesty and a complete waste of the licence.

  • Rainman316

    Guillermo del Toro could do wonders with this property. The imagery in his movies are stunning and he is a self-proclaimed fan. If anybody could make it work, it’s this guy. One great talent.

  • DemonX1974

    DO NOT LET UWE BOLL TOUCH THIS MOVIE!!!!!! He already destroyed; Bloodrayne & Dead or Alive among other stuff. KEEP IT AWAY FROM HIM!!!