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It was BioShock creator Ken Levine who pulled the plug on Universal's in development BioShock movie, after budget cuts left the project compromised, Levine told Edge at this week's BAFTA event in London.

"There was a deal in place and it was actually in production at Universal, and Gore Verbinski was directing it," said Levine. "And what happened was – this is my theory – it's a very big movie and Gore was very excited about it and he wanted to make a very dark, what he would call a 'hard-rated' horror film – an R rated film with a lot of blood. Then The Watchmen came out – and I really liked The Watchmen – but it didn't do well for whatever reason and the studio got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film.

"So they said, 'Gore, what about it if it was an $80 million film?' and enough time had gone by where Gore didn't want to make an $80 million dollar film."

Levine continued: "They brought another director in and I didn't really see the match there – Take Two is one of those companies that gives a lot of trust to their creative people and so they said to me, 'if you want to kill it Ken, kill it'. And I killed it."

In the end Levine says it wasn't a project he was willing to compromise on.

"It was saying, 'You know what? I don't need to compromise'. I had the [BioShock] world, and I didn't what to see it done in a way I didn't think was right."

Levine's second game in the BioShock franchise will be released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on March 26.


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p0rtalthinker's Avatar


Sad to see they couldn't have just let them take free reins and make this a hard gritty R like it should be. Better to not be made though than be watered down like so many other terrible movie adaptions.
Posted 23:01 on 13 March 2013
EverTheOptimist's Avatar


Good on Levine. We've all had our fill of s**t game-based films, and there's no doubt in my mind that BioShock might suffer under a constrained budget. The crazy, beautiful world is one of the most important elements.
Posted 17:03 on 13 March 2013
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LuckyLukus@ pblive

Levine killed by his own creation... THE BIG DADDY
Posted 14:14 on 13 March 2013


For some reason I first read this headline as:

"Levine killed in BioShock movie project"
Posted 14:06 on 13 March 2013
LuckyLukus's Avatar


That seems fair enough... We don't want another disaster like Max Payne...
Posted 14:01 on 13 March 2013

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Release Date: 26/03/2013
Developer: Irrational Games
Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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