Gore Verbinski, the director behind the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise, has stated in an interview with ComingSoon that the Bioshock film to which he is tied as a producer, has failed to get off the ground because no studio was willing to invest in such a large project if it was to receive an R-Rating. In the interview, he indicates not being interested in producing the film as a PG-13 project, stating “the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing.” According to him, the film would also have to be “really, really scary,” so that “four days later, you’re still shivering and going, “Jesus Christ!”…”
In 2009, Verbinksi dropped out of the project as a director, but later returned as a producer. The future of the film is still unclear at this point, with officials surrounding the project regularly indicating it has not been shelved, but that production has yet to start.
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