Variety have confirmed many Hollywood murmurings that a BioShock movie is, now officially, in the works. Universal Studios have picked up the video game adaptation with Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) set to direct. It is also thought that Last Samurai and Aviator screenwriter, John Logan, is currently in talks.
The agreement between movie and game studios has been structured to avoid the collapse that the Halo movie adaptation fell to,
Take-Two executive chairman Strauss Zelnick said the “state of the art” deal is structured so that “Bioshock” won’t end up in turnaround like “Halo,” which is back with Microsoft.
“The reason I structured it the way I did is to make sure it gets made,” he emphasized.
The article then provides some background to the agreement whilst implying that the creative minds involved hope to stay true to the game.
Take-Two has been approached by a number of producers and studios since the game came out in August but waited until it had swept most of the end-of-year industry awards and racked up impressive holiday sales before working with CAA to package the project. Universal got a first look and made a preemptive bid.
“One of the things we decided early on is that we didn’t want to go through a producer,” he commented. “It’s terribly important to us to have a meaningful influence on how this project is produced. We didn’t want any insulation between us.”
Verbinski noted that Rapture’s art deco design and visually arresting characters, such as the mechanical Big Daddys who protect genetically mutated girls called Little Sisters, particularly inspired him to see the game as a film.
Though no release date is even being targeted, Verbinski said he plans to start pre-production as soon as Logan’s script is finished and approved by all involved.
Helmer has been regularly consulting with Ken Levine, the game’s creative director, though it’s not yet clear if the game developer will have a formal role in the film.
All in all, the signs look very good for an exciting and faithful video game adaptation, especially with the talents of Verbinski and Logan on board.