A couple of years ago it was announced that Bioshock, the art piece-meet video game-meet horror flick, would be getting a Big screen adaptation. Bioshock is to this day one of my favorite games of all time. The director responsible for the project was Gore Verbinski who is known for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as well as the Hollywood adaptation of the really scary japanese movie the Ring. Despite the bad history of games turned to movies I was pretty confident that thanks to the deep backstory of the game, it's art direction and the capabilities of Verbinski, we would have enjoyed a pretty good movie. Unfortunately the project was cancelled due to Verbinski's rightful objection in making a PG-13 movie instead of an R rated that he was planning. In his own words:
"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. 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 price tag is high. We just didn't have any takers on an R-rated movie with that price tag."
You can read the full interview here. Even though I would really love this project to materialize I have to agree with the man. If it would get a PG-13 rating it would not be a real Bioshock movie 'cause the director would not be able to use everything at his disposal. Ohh well...we can just play the games again.