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Need Someone to Blame for No ‘BioShock’ Movie? Blame ‘Watchmen’

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If you were to make a list of the top video games you’d most want to see as movies (which we did), chances are BioShock would be in the mix (which we also included). Some fans will recall that one film adaptation was in the works back in 2008, but ultimately fizzled out and is now officially dead. If you’re still not over this heinous crime and need someone or something to put the blame on, set your targets on… Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’?

Originally ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ director Gore Verbinski was attached to helm the ‘BioShock’ movie through Universal, and wanted to carry through the adult tones to the big screen. However, the film was abandoned and now lies dead at the bottom of the proverbial ocean, but now we know why!

Irrational Games’ Creative Director/Co-Founder Ken Levine revealed to EuroGamer that he personally killed the movie, but apparently it’s not all his fault:

There was a deal in place, and it was in production at Universal – Gore Verbinski was directing it.

My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film – which is like a 17/18 plus, where you can have blood and naked girls. Well, I don’t think he wanted naked girls. But he wanted a lot of blood.

Then ‘Watchmen’ came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was an $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make an $80 million film.

In a final act to save the movie, Universal brought in a new director, who Levine didn’t see as a match for Bioshock and was given the go ahead to kill the project. “And I killed it.”

For those unfamiliar with the game, BioShock is one of the most popular first-person shooting game series out on the market. The first installment sees the character Jack in the underwater city of Rapture, a former utopia thrown into chaos by the discovery of a superpower-granting substance called ADAM. He has to fight his way through hordes of power-obsessed people to escape. As Levine pointed out, there’s still hope for a future movie, but “it’d have to be the right combination of people.”

For all you BioShock fans out there, what do you think? Would an R-rated version of the game still have working in the time of ‘Watchmen’? Do you still want to see ‘BioShock’ on the big screen? Sound off in the comments.

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