A movie adaptation of 2K’s hit game Bioshock has been in the works for years. It has spent more time in development hell than it has spent moving forward which is never usually a good sign.
I’d say the reason for this is that it’s a very graphic game. It’s is aimed at a mature audience which is enough to make any production shit their pants. They won’t want to throw cash at it, in the fears that a Hard-R-(18) Rating won’t get the asses on the seats, the same way that Batman or The Avengers would.
You can’t blame them for thinking that, but one thing is for certain, this game couldn’t be anything other than an 18 (R) cert.
Bioshock Game official Plot (wikipedia)
‘BioShock is set in 1960, in which the player guides the protagonist, Jack, after his airplane crashes in the ocean near the Bathyspere terminus that leads to the underwater city of Rapture. Built by the business magnate Andrew Ryan. The city was intended to be an isolated utopia, but the discovery of ADAM, a plasmid which grants superhuman powers, initiated the city’s turbulent decline. Jack tries to find a way to escape, fighting through hordes of ADAM-obsessed enemies, and the iconic, deadly Big Daddies, while engaging with the few sane humans that remain and eventually learning of Rapture’s past. The player, as Jack, is able to defeat foes in a number of ways by using weapons, utilizing plasmids that give unique powers and by turning Rapture’s own defenses against them.’
Apparently a leaked email from Sony saying that a possible Bioshock movie could be in the works once again.
Here is the supposed email.. (I have removed the email addresses)
So do I think that Gosling is the perfect man for the job? well, i think if this film is going to happen then this is a step in the right direction. His directorial-debut which was recently released and is called Lost River and is very trippy and also features an underwater utopia (just like Bioshock). I haven’t even seen the film yet but I have been following it all through pre-production and been kept up-to-date with all that was going on.
I wasn’t shocked at all (although somewhat disappointed) that the film received a lot of mixed reviews. I knew from the start that this film was going to be different and I knew that a lot of people wouldn’t dig what he was doing…not that people just wouldn’t dig it, I think they just never got it. As I said, I haven’t seen the film but even if I don’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, I would still hope that I would appreciate it and understand the direction he was looking to take.
Gosling chose Gasper Noe’s cinematographer, Benoit Debie for the movie. Any of you that are unfamiliar with Noe’s work, he is the mastermind behind Irreversible and more recent, Enter The Void. Both films are known for being extremely graphic and controversial and both films are most definitely an acquired taste. Irreversible has some of the most shocking scenes ever put on film and they still stand to this day. Both films are stunning to look at, and more than likely, they will be unlike anything that you have ever seen…but I will reiterate, these are an acquired taste.
So, from early on I knew that his film would rely a lot on visuals, not too mention that Gosling has spent years taking direction from Nicolas Winding Refn, so I was expecting a heavy (arty) influence from that end also.
So with Debie in charge of cinematography and Gosling having just finished working with Refn in Only God Forgives, and Drive and Gosling having total freedom to make the picture that he wanted to make, something a little different than everything else. There wasn’t a hope in hell that his directorial-debt would be for your average mainstream audience.I have nothing but total respect for the finished film and I hope he continues to go down this path. His first feature may have issues but that just means he can learn from his mistakes, learn his craft, this is only beginning. I have every bit of faith that if given the chance he’ll master Bioshock.
Hopefully there is some truth to the rumours..if there is, you can expect to hear a lot more.
Thanks for reading.