Verbinski Talks “Bioshock,” “Lone Ranger”

Out doing promotion for “Rango” over the weekend, actor Johnny Depp and filmmaker Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) talked about two other projects that Verbinski has been attached to – the film adaptations of the acclaimed video game “BioShock” and the classic TV series “The Lone Ranger”.

“Bioshock” is a passion project for the helmer, one he told STYD would be perfect for 3D, but admits the whole thing will likely never happen – “I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R-rating. Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing.”

He adds “I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”

As for “The Lone Ranger,” he told the assembled press that they’re currently working on the screenplay which tells the story from the perspective of his sidekick Tonto (Depp), in fact he sees it as resembling “Don Quixote from Sancho Panza’s point of view” story. Shooting will likely not kick off on that until next year due to the prep work and Depp’s commitments including “Dark Shadows”.