Its been nearly a year since he lasted commented on it, now Irrational Games executive Ken Levine has once again been asked about the status of the film adaptation of the “Bioshock” video game series. The answer he gave to Industry Gamers hasn’t changed much – ie. it’s still looking unlikely:
“I think we’re in the space now of building properties that are appealing to people, and there’s a version of Bioshock that makes a great game and there’s probably a version of Bioshock that makes a great movie. I think for us as a company, we don’t have any need to get a movie made.
We’d like to have a movie made, but it would have to be the right one, and we’ve had the opportunity to get it made and unless all the right pieces are in place – it’s hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place. If you don’t start with the right pieces, you don’t have a prayer.
We’ve had a lot of great talks with great people about it. We got close to great people, but you always have to have all of those pieces in place and that’s going to be very challenging. It’s a moving puzzle, but I’m going to be continually talking to people about it. It’s definitely something that’s still in the conversation.”
“Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was attached for a long time to the project, then later Juan Carlos Fresnadillo came onboard. John Logan wrote the previous screenplay adaptation.
Complications are also likely arising from the upcoming “Bioshock Infinite” game next year which moves the setting from the underwater city of Rapture with its 30’s sci-fi art deco horror stylings to the sky city of Columbia which fuses steampunk with American history elements.