Universal greenlights BioShock movie, picks Pirates director


— 4:16 PM on May 9, 2008

Could BioShock beat Silent Hill for the title of "least terrible video-game-to-film adaptation ever"? Judging by who Universal Studios has lined up to make the just-announced BioShock movie, that may very well be the case.

As Variety reports, Gore Verbinski will be in charge of directing and producing the film, while John Logan will put together the screenplay. Verbinski is known for directing all three of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies, while John Logan has the screenplays for The Last Samurai, The Aviator, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street under his belt. Universal seems to have high hopes for the adaptation of the retro-dystopian game, too, because Variety says it paid Take-Two Interactive "a multimillion-dollar advance against gross points on the pic."

As for Verbinski, he seems enthusiastic about the prospect of a BioShock movie. "I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that's cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential," he told Variety. "Of all the games I've played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative." Reportedly, BioShock creator Ken Levine will be involved in the development of the movie.

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