Why Ken Levine canned the BioShock movie
Creator Ken Levine has personally nixed the BioShock movie.
"There was a deal in place, and it was in production at Universal — Gore Verbinski was directing it," he said at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) talk. "My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film — which is like a 17/18 plus, where you can have blood and naked girls. Well, I don't think he wanted naked girls. But he wanted a lot of blood.
"Then Watchmen came out, and it didn't do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R-rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film — and Gore didn't want to make a $80 million film."
Even after Universal brought in a new director, 2K Games told Levine that if he wanted to kill the project, he could.
"And I killed it," he said.
"[The movie] may happen one day, who knows, but it'd have to be the right combination of people."
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