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‘Bioshock’ Movie Dead, Director Moves On to ‘Highlander’ Reboot

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It’s not easy being Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and we mean that sarcastically. The ’28 Days Later’ director has been handed every other major remake or adapted property from here to kingdom come. Thankfully and or sadly, whichever you choose, that also means that he can’t take on every project that goes his way. He’s done this before with ‘The Crow’ and is now taking similar action to another production he’s attached to.

Take for instance the ‘Bioshock’ movie that’s been simmering in development for awhile. Gore Verbinski (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) is producing the picture while Fresnadillo was supposedly directing, that is until now. During a brief interview with The Playlist, Fresnadillo let the truth out:

“Right now it’s on hold. The studio and the video game company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating.”

This is the same sob story that people have been hearing about the ‘Bioshock’ movie ever since it first began development. The studio is afraid to back the project if it ends up being a hard R, but the video game company doesn’t want the story line to be cut down so much to the point where you don’t even know if it really is a ‘Bioshock’ movie. It’s a tricky predicament but at least we can say it doesn’t actually have anything to do with Fresnadillo. It’s just that he can’t afford to sit around twiddling his thumbs while the two sides constantly argue about those topics.

Then there’s the much talked about ‘Highlander’ remake. Fresnadillo is currently attached to direct, but given his recent track record he could possibly jump ship on this one too, depending on whether or not it lifts up off the ground. “I’m developing the possibility of making ‘Highlander.’ I find the concept very interesting, immortality as a curse. We’re using the materials of the universe, but this is some kind of reboot, since the story could use a new approach.”

While we impatiently wait for Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to take on a monster property, we’ll be able to hold ourselves over with another horror movie that he directed and was recently shown at SXSW Film Festival. We’re referring to ‘Intruders,’ the horror-thriller that stars Clive Owen, Izán Corchero and Carice van Houten that will be released in limited theaters on March 30, 2012.

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