Hollywood star Eddie Redmayne has revealed that both he and Jamie Dornan were up for the same part in the cancelled Bioshock movie. The two stars were in conversation with Variety and Eddie had this to say to Jamie:
You [Dornan] and Andrew Garfield and I were texting, trying to remember what those things were. And one of them was “BioShock” [a movie based on a video game, which never got made]. You remember “BioShock”? We were furious with each other as we were going through it, and competing for the same role.
The BioShock movie was first announced in 2008 but hit problems almost immediately. In 2009 Universal told producer Gore Verbinski to trim back the budget before work was eventually halted in February 2011 because the studio was willing to back an R rated movie and Verbinski was unwilling to tone down the game for a PG-13 audience.
Gore took to Reddit to explain what happened:
We were eight weeks prior shooting when the plug was pulled. It’s an R rated movie. I wanted to keep it R rated, I felt like that would be appropriate, and it’s an expensive movie. It’s a massive world we’re creating and it’s not a world we can simply go to locations to shoot. “A Cure For Wellness”, we were able to really utilize a variety of location to create the world. “Bioshock” it wouldn’t work like that, we’d be building an entire underworld universe. So I think the combination of the price tag and the rating, universal just didn’t feel comfortable ultimately. At that time also there were some R rated, expensive R rated movies that were not working.
Ken Levine, Irrational Games’ boss, has talked previously about their being no need to make the movie so it seems that nobody is in a rush to get it done. The film went back to the drawing board but by 2012 the director attached to the project, Carlos Fresnadillo, said “To be honest, by now, I’m completely out of that, and developing other stuff, 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”.
In 2014 Sony Pictures registered three domains, bioshock-movie.com, bioshock-movie.net and bio-shock.net, which seemed to suggest the project had rebooted again. The massive Sony Wikileaks data dump revealed that the movie may be a “tentpole” release during the summer. However, Sony had still not acquired the rights to the game but were “closing up” the deal.
After all that, the closest we have ever got to a Bioshock movie is the fan trailer.