Gore Verbinski to Direct "BioShock"

Universal and Gore Verbinski will be bringing BioShock to the big screen.

Variety is reporting that Universal and Gore Verbinski have worked out a deal with 2K to bring the company's smash-hit BioShock to the big screen.

Verbinski is best known as the director of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, and was behind the famous commercial featuring a trio of frogs croaking the Budweiser brand name. He is set to direct and produce, while "Aviator" writer John Logan is reportedly in talks to pen the screenplay.

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Ugh... You know they're going to screw it up. That's the law. Movies based on games must be a screw-up, and games based on movies must be a screw-up.

You see, there have been tons of movies that were based on books, and that's one thing. Books force you to use your imagination, but seeing them in a movie shows you how other people have imagined them. Video games on the other hand don't need to be shown as movies. Video games are an alternative to movies. When you make a movie out of a video game, you are taking the game's story and pulling the interactivity out of it. And when you make a video game out of a movie, then you are taking the movie's story and injecting unintended interactivity into it.

(Chugworth said @ #4)
Ugh... You know they're going to screw it up. That's the law. Movies based on games must be a screw-up, and games based on movies must be a screw-up.

You see, there have been tons of movies that were based on books, and that's one thing. Books force you to use your imagination, but seeing them in a movie shows you how other people have imagined them. Video games on the other hand don't need to be shown as movies. Video games are an alternative to movies. When you make a movie out of a video game, you are taking the game's story and pulling the interactivity out of it. And when you make a video game out of a movie, then you are taking the movie's story and injecting unintended interactivity into it.


Thank God that you aren't in Hollywood because I can think of a few video games ported to movies and back: Starship Troopers (the RPG one), Tron, E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Alien, Aliens, etc. Granted most of these are old, but the point is it can be done and has been done.

(briangw said @ #4.1)

Thank God that you aren't in Hollywood because I can think of a few video games ported to movies and back: Starship Troopers (the RPG one), Tron, E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Alien, Aliens, etc. Granted most of these are old, but the point is it can be done and has been done.

Is ET really the best example?

(briangw said @ #4.1)
Thank God that you aren't in Hollywood because I can think of a few video games ported to movies and back: Starship Troopers (the RPG one), Tron, E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Alien, Aliens, etc. Granted most of these are old, but the point is it can be done and has been done.

You're missing the point. Those all started out as movies, Bioshock started out as a game.

Examples of games made into movies: Doom, Wing Commander, Tomb Raider, all those Uwe Boll epics...

Not really a good track record. Maybe Bioshock will join that list, or maybe it will be like POTC, a mindless popcorn movie. Bioshock is already set up to be a rollercoaster ride, and it takes place underwater, so the similarities to POTC are obvious. It'd be nice if they made it into all-out gore movie (early Peter Jackson type of stuff, with a good plot), but I doubt they have it in them and politically-correct Hollywood would allow it.

Well, at least they're not giving up on games in the movie industry. Hopefully they can finally churn out some quality films though - Max Payne, Bioshock...

hope i'm wrong but they will screw it for sure, almost every game movie is a screwup, they are fun to watch but don't are good movies at all

Curious to see what will be made of this. I loved the game. The story and setting would really lend itself to a movie. I just hope they don't screw it up.