"You Know What? I Don't Need To Compromise"
Irrational Games' Ken Levine claims that he was personally responsible for 'killing' the in-production BioShock movie, stating that he was absolutely unwilling to compromise his vision after ideal director Gore Verbinski dropped out.
"There was a deal in place and it was actually in production at Universal, and Gore Verbinski was directing it," Levine candidly explained to EDGE. "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. And so they brought another director in and I didn't really see the match there."
In an impressive display of respect for their creative talent, 2K actually gave Levine control of whether or not the movie went ahead.
"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."
"It was saying, 'You know what? I don't need to compromise'," Levine concluded emphatically. "I had the [Bioshock] world, and I didn't what to see it done in a way I didn't think was right."
The last we heard of the BioShock film was in early 2012, when 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo abandoned the project, putting it on indefinite hold. It's likely that Levine the Filmslayer has probably put the kibosh on that going forward, at least in the forseeable future.