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Why Ken Levine canned the BioShock movie

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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."

At least we have BioShock Infinite, the next game in the series, which releases on March 26 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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[via Eurogamer]

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