‘Bioshock’ Budget Balloons, Movie On Hold

April 26, 2009 at 5:08 am Leave a comment

Well, good luck to them. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last ‘Pirates’ movie, I think one of its problems was that the visuals got in the way of (what there was of) a story. And it’s probably a good thing they got a new director for ‘Pirates 4’, giving Verbinksi time to really focus on ‘Bioshock’.
clipped from www.variety.com
Universal Pictures has put the brakes on “Bioshock,” the Gore Verbinski-directed live action adaptation of the bestselling Take-Two Interactive vidgame.
Sources said that the John Logan-scripted picture was gearing up to shoot in Los Angeles, but that changed when the budget rose to the vicinity of $160 million. U and Verbinski are looking at alternatives like shooting in London as a way to pare costs.
“We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit,” Verbinski said. “We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern.”
Verbinski and sources at the studio say they are determined to make the pic.
All parties vow that “Bioshock” will not become another “Halo,” the live action adaptation of the Microsoft game that was going to be turned into a film by U and Fox until both studios got cold feet and cancelled the deal over budget fears.
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