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Posted by Raine Hutchens on May 7, 2012

The Bioshock Movie Isn’t Dead – Ken Levine Asks For Patience

The long-awaited Bioshock movie isn’t dead yet according to an interview with Irrational Games’ Ken Levine. Right now the film is simply not a primary concern for the developer at the moment. Right now Irrational is working hard to wrap up the development for Bioshock Infinite, which many players are looking forward to seeing.

Levine commented on the film’s progress saying, “It’s all about the stars aligning. We’re still focusing on it, but it hasn’t consumed us.” The last we heard about the film was back in March when we learned production was put on hold due to some disagreements between “the studio and the video game company,” according to the project’s director Juan Carlos. Gore Verbinski was originally set to direct the film, but both he and Fresnadillo jumped off ship for reason of contradiction.

In the interview, Levine didn’t have anything to say about Fresnadillo, though he did make mention of Verbinski’s time with the film. “The thing with [Verbinski] didn’t work out, but there’s no such thing as ‘it’s finished’ when it comes to making a movie out of something,” Levine said. “We don’t have any need to get a movie made. We’d like to have a movie made, but it would have to be the right one, and we’ve had the opportunity to get it made and unless all the right pieces are in place – it’s hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place. If you don’t start with the right pieces, you don’t have a prayer.”

I think a Bioshock movie would be a great idea. A lot of the series’ fans can agree with me on that, but we also want to see it done right. It needs to stay true to the game’s storyline. We don’t want to see a film series for Bioshock turn out like what happened with the Resident Evil series. That would just be atrocious. We’ve still got Bioshock Infinite to look forward to, which will be releasing on October 16th, and it’s good to know that Irrational isn’t scrapping the movie idea all together.  

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