Bioshock has oft been described by critics and fans as one of the most cinematic videogames of recent years, with almost everyone baffled as to why nobody tried to adapt it as a film.
As it turns out, someone did. Gore Verbinski, who directed the first Ring film, the hugely-underrated animated film Rango, and upcoming gothic horror A Cure For Wellness, admitted in a recent AMA session on Reddit that he was achingly close to making it a reality.
When asked on the topic, Verbinski was pretty damn honest and sounded almost a little disappointed about the whole thing. "Well it's no short answer to that question but we were eight weeks prior shooting when the plug was pulled. It's an R rated movie. I wanted to keep it R rated, I felt like that would be appropriate, and it's an expensive movie. It's a massive world we're creating and it's not a world we can simply go to locations to shoot."
Verbinski went on, explaining that "the combination of the price tag and the rating," and a number of failed R-rated films in the market at the time of production helped to turn Universal against the whole thing. That said, Verbinski appeared to be pretty hopeful that'll it happen at some point - just not with him.
"I think things have changed and maybe there will be another chance, but it's very difficult when you're eight weeks away from shooting a movie you really can see in your head and you've almost filmed the entire thing, so emotionally you're right at that transition from architect to becoming a contractor and that will be a difficult place to get back to."
What do you think? Could a Bioshock film work with Gore Verbinski at the helm? Or should it stay as a videogame? Let us know!