It's been over two years since Universal Pictures first announced that it was interested in making a live-action adaptation of the horror videogame BioShock with director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) at the helm. After nearly a year of pre-production work, Universal halted development after the proposed budget rose to $160 million, an average sum for an effects-intensive action movie, but a much tougher sell for an R-rated movie based on a video game.
When Universal switched gears and decided to shoot the movie overseas to save money, Verbinski was said to leaving the production, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), taking the director's chair. However, in a recent interview with Collider, Verbinski said that he is still attached to BioShock as a producer, Fresnadillo will direct, and that the major challenge is to reign in the budget so that they can keep the planned R-rating. Verbinski wants a hard R for BioShock >> Posted 07.07.10 by BrentJS