Verbinksi Too Busy Directing 'Bioshock' Movie to Helm 'Pirates'   

April 8, 2009 Gore Verbinksi has let Disney know that he won't be directing the fourth entry in the "Pirates of the Carribean" franchise, because he'll be too busy adapting the horror videogame "Bioshock" for the big screen.

From Variety:

Verbinski has informed Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not helm a fourth installment that's expected to set sail in 2010 with Johnny Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Sequel is in development but not yet greenlit. It's unknown how Verbinski's ankling will affect the pic's schedule.

Verbinski will instead focus on other projects that include "Bioshock," a Universal Pictures adaptation of the bestselling vidgame that has a John Logan script and is likely to be Verbinski's next film as a director.

Variety videogame blogger Ben Fritz has previously written about the film project, noting that the deal for the film is among the largest of all time for a movie treatment of a video game. "Bioshock" publisher Take-Two Interactive gets a multi-million dollar purse up-front with lucrative royalties based on box office.

The script is being penned by John Logan, who wrote "Gladiator."

"I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that's cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential," Verbinski told Variety. "Of all the games I've played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative."

The director has been consulting with consulting with Ken Levine, the game's creative director.

Variety videogame blogger Ben Fritz spoke with Gore about his desire to make the movie.

"It's a much more intimate story than 'Pirates.' Although its an adventure, itís a dramatic adventure. I see it more along the lines of 'Blade Runner.'

"We're prepared to make it an R-rated movie. I donít intuitively see it as PG-13. The content and the graphic nature of the story itself is smarter than that. It's not for young kids."

To read a review of the game, click here.

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