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It was BioShock creator Ken Levine who pulled the plug on Universal's in development BioShock movie, after budget cuts left the project compromised, Levine told Edge at this week's BAFTA event in London.

"There was a deal in place and it was actually in production at Universal, and Gore Verbinski was directing it," said Levine. "And what happened was – this is my theory – it's a very big movie and Gore was very excited about it and he wanted to make a very dark, what he would call a 'hard-rated' horror film – an R rated film with a lot of blood. Then The Watchmen came out – and I really liked The Watchmen – but it didn't do well for whatever reason and the studio got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film.

"So they said, 'Gore, what about it if it was an $80 million film?' and enough time had gone by where Gore didn't want to make an $80 million dollar film."

Levine continued: "They brought another director in and I didn't really see the match there – Take Two is one of those companies that gives a lot of trust to their creative people and so they said to me, 'if you want to kill it Ken, kill it'. And I killed it."

In the end Levine says it wasn't a project he was willing to compromise on.

"It was saying, 'You know what? I don't need to compromise'. I had the [BioShock] world, and I didn't what to see it done in a way I didn't think was right."
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elektri-cute14 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
This is a movie that needs to be made, however, it's just not the right circumstances as of right now. They need to find the right director who will not take so much creative liberty with the story and plot points.
Patchouli-Rolling Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job Ken<3 saved us a lot of grief. As much as I ADORE Bioshock, I just can't see it being made into a movie. It just wouldn't work.
xCharmCandyx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Photographer
A Bioshock movie is possible, maybe in the near future but not now because we all know that Ken Levine and his crew are still busy with the promotions of Bioshock Infinite. Bioshock already has the qualities that could make it qualify for a movie adaption, especially if you went to the path leading to the good ending, or perhaps, you could mix elements that take place in both endings but end up with only one ending, of course. And if the silent protagonist thing is your problem, it was done in the game for budget purposes, so of course, we'll still end up seeing the protagonist talking if the game gets adapted into a movie. When the right time comes and with the right team of people to work for the movie, who knows once it comes out, it will actually be a good movie.
davids-sketchbook Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would never work, good job ken.
RaptorBarry Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As cool as a BioShock movie would probably look, I echo the previous comments that it's for the best. With the way the game's set up translating it into a decent film would be exceedingly difficult if not just downright impossible. I'd rather remember it as a great gaming experience without tacking on some embarrassing shitty movie adaptation, haha.
iiKitsuneii Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank God.
mokimeow Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good on him. a movie is completely the wrong medium for bioshock's storytelling anyway. hardly anything would translate. not everything needs to be a movie.
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I'm kinda glad he did. Hollywood probably would have screwed it up bigtime.
toughraid3r37890 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good for you Levine! There is no one in this world that can re-create what you created, and i mean NO ONE! Honestly, I think it's best to keep it as a game. I think the real reason people want movies out of games is because they are just so darn good that it felt like a good movie with the story and all. Once again, good move. A true artist doesn't let anyone modify their work in my opinion ;)..
Viviax Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Quite frankly, he most likely did'nt kill the film, at all.
The studios probabely just got sick of his constant bullshit, and got rid of him.
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