"I don't need to compromise - how many times in life do you not need to compromise? "
Way back in 2008, fresh off the success of the first 'BioShock' game, a film adaptation was announced with Universal backing and Gore Verbinski attached to direct. Since that time, Verbinski stepped out and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (of 'Intacto') stepped in. Now Levine has stated that the project is dead and dead by his hands.
"There was a deal in place, and it was in production at Universal - Gore Verbinski was directing it. My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film - which is like a 17/18 plus, where you can have blood and naked girls. Well, I don't think he wanted naked girls. But he wanted a lot of blood. "Then Watchmen came out, and it didn't do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film - and Gore didn't want to make a $80 million film.
"They brought another director in, and I didn't really see the match there - and 2K's one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it."
Levine went on to say that the movie might be possible someday. In a lot ways, though, the series has had a big shift with 'BioShock Infinite' that still needs to be tested in players hands. Likewise, the difficulty in marketing a big-budget R-rated film seems unlikely to disappear. While a 'BioShock' movie may be make it to theaters someday, it is hard to imagine that the circumstances would allow the adaptation to escape the typical game-to-movie pitfalls.