May 9, 2008 Gore Verbinski, the guy who helmed the "Pirates of the Carribean" movies, is next tackling an adaptation of a horror videogame: "Bioshock."
The deal 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."
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