Movie adaptations of videogames tend to be horrible, and BioShock’s Ken Levine knows this. That’s why he decided to put a stop to the BioShock movie project as soon as it couldn’t live up to his expectations.
“There was a deal in place, and it was in production at Universal - Gore Verbinski was directing it,” he said at a recent interview at BAFTA. “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 a $80 million film - and Gore didn't want to make a $80 million film. They brought another director in, and I didn't really see the match there - and 2K's one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it.”
BioShock the Movie was originally announced in 2008, shortly after the release of the original BioShock. There are currently no plans to pick up production of the movie with Universal or any other movie studio.