Ken Levine has spoken to IndustryGamers about the BioShock movie project. The game franchise was signed up to a movie deal in 2008 with Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, due to direct. Since then, it’s stumbled, Verbinski has been replaced with Juan Carlos Fresnadilo (28 Days Later) and we’re still no closer to seeing Big Daddies on the big screen.
Ken Levine isn’t worried though. He seems more interested in the movie being right than in it being made soon.
For us and for Take-Two, it’s really got to be something that will give the fans something that they want, and, for those who don’t know BioShock, really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game,
In a world of cynical game-to-movie cash-ins (and vice versa), this is a refreshing attitude from both Levine and Take-Two. I think he’s entirely correct though. BioShock games are all about the atmosphere and the world they’ve built so getting that tone translated into a film would be pivotal to capturing the hearts of fans. Without the right tone, there would be little point in putting the BioShock name on it.
Perhaps Levine’s previous experience writing screenplays is allowing him a greater degree of creative knowledge and control over the project? BioShock fans will certainly hope that a movie gets made but I think that Levine’s got the right idea – don’t do it for that sake of doing it.