Fresnadillo May Go for BioShock

Have they not learned anything from the money vacuum that was the Halo movie? Well maybe they have. Variety reports that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) is in talks with Universal Pictures to helm the Take-Two Interactive title BioShock. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski was originally slated to direct, but he’s now only producing. The movie’s screenplay was written by John Logan (Gladiator, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Aviator), so this one may actually turn out an OK movie! Apparently, Verbinski couldn’t commit to an overseas shoot because he’s also directing Paramount’s animated feature Rango starring Johnny Depp. And they really needed to shoot it overseas to take advantage of tax credits and cheap labor! Universal is hoping to keep a tight rein on the budget which rose to $160 million in the pre-production stage.

BioShock is a first-person shooter video game, designed by Ken Levine and first released for Windows and Xbox 360 in 2007. Set in an alternate history 1960, the game places the player in the role of a plane crash survivor named Jack, who must explore the underwater city of Rapture, and survive attacks by the mutated beings and mechanical drones that populate it.