RATED R MOVIES MAKE MONEY TOO!
Bioshock, in terms of story and atmosphere, is by far my favorite video game. When you explore the incredible world of Rapture for the first time, it’s impossible not to admire the creativity and passion poured into the game.
I wouldn’t even know where to start explaining the complexity of the horrifying underwater paradise to those who haven’t experienced it.
What an ending!
To summarize, Bioshock is about an underwater city called Rapture where the world’s brightest minds gather to advance human knowledge free of limitations and restraints. This eventually leads to the discovery of Adam, a substance that allows the city’s inhabitants to rewrite their DNA. These ‘Splicers’ gained incredible powers but soon lost their minds and turned violent as their thirst for more Adam consumed them…
That thirst leads them to little girls who seek out and gather the Adam but they are protected by huge armored guardians called Big Daddies. You play as ‘Jack’, a man who tries to unravel the mysteries of Rapture. Especially the mysteries surrounding the city’s creator Andrew Ryan and the truth about your past.
Sounds like a decent setup right? As you can tell by the trailer, the game is full of violence and horrors. Even the children use giant needles to collect Adam from the bodies of dead Splicers. You can see how this might limit a potential movies audience a little bit.
Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock
The twisted tale takes place in an incredibly detailed 50’s style environment that’s full of character and depth. (no pun intended) It’s a haunting yet gorgeous place to set this bloody tale and this was ultimately the film’s undoing.
When I found out that Gore Verbinski, director of The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango, was attached to the project I was literally giddy. Who better to bring the world of Rapture to life. It seemed like a dream come true for fans of the game.
Months passed without any official word that the Bioshock movie would move forward. Most of the time, no news is good news but in this case it was worse case scenario.
The Bioshock movie wasn’t happening.
NOT Gore Verbinski’s Bioshock
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating. Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, “Jesus Christ!”… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.” comingsoon
I have even more respect for Mr. Verbinski now. You can’t do the story justice with a PG-13 rating. It has to be a hard R but I understand the risks. Will enough people outside the core group of fans show up to a 200 million dollar Bioshock adaptation? I get that it’s tough to invest such a huge amount of money on what studios probably determined was a gamble but common!
So we won’t get to see Gore Verbinski’s vision of Rapture but where do we go from here?
The Bioshock Movie
You really do need a considerable amount of resources to pull off an epic film set in an underwater city. Just the practical water effects would be a massive undertaking. I couldn’t even begin to estimate what the visual effects would cost.
Yet these days, movies like Gareth Edwards’ Monsters proved that a lot can be done with a minimal budget and a lot of passion and talent. At the end of the day, this is one area that HAS to work or the whole story falls a part. Nobody wants to see a complete CG movie either. This is one time when a live action movie is the ONLY option.
Overall, the game is pretty much presented as a movie with constant twists and turns along the way. What concerns me about an adaptation is the lack of surprises for those who know what’s coming. But I think fans of the game will rather pay and sit through a story they already know then watch someone else butcher a video game adaptation.
I’d prefer they stay faithful to the narrative myself but I also understand that movies and video games are different mediums and require different approaches. Still, I’d love to see an mysterious man roaming those leaky halls, throwing bees at everyone while outrunning giant mechanical drills and murderous drug addicts.
Casting Call: Who should play the lead character? Some rumors hinted at Wentworth Miller a while back and I can’t say I disagree with that theory. He’s a decent actor and I loved Prison Break. To be honest, I’ve never been that great at speculating who should play who in the movies. I’d rather take the easy approach and criticize other people’s choices.
The beauty of Bioshock is in the details. The world is one of the most original and entertaining settings I’ve ever seen. Every piece of music, every sound effect, every object fits perfectly in this imaginative world and that detail is perfectly suited for the silver screen.
We just need someone to step up and either find a way to make it cheaper, or a studio to take a chance.
It Would Be Awesome.
A Bioshock movie would be incredibly intense and full of action but more than that, it would be a chance to discover a new world we’ve never seen before. One of my favorite aspects of James Cameron’s Avatar is how much fun it was to learn about Pandora and it’s inhabitants. I think a Bioshock movie could have a similar feeling until all hell breaks loose.
Everything about the game is new and unique. A film adaptation would be quite welcomed in a world filled with remakes and sequels. Something different shouldn’t be feared.
On a personal note, I thought the big twist in the game was one of the best story moments in video game history. Clever storytelling at it’s finest.
So, would you kindly find a way to make a Bioshock movie already!?
Here is a trailer for the third installment in the Bioshock franchise that frees itself from the underwater city of Rapture and introduces us to infinite freedom in the sky.
Underwater City vs Floating Sky City
Which one do you think would be more expensive?