Verbinski to Helm ‘Bioshock’ Quits ‘Pirates 4’

This will be it. I know it! Finally, a director who might be able to undertake the seemingly unproven task of making a good movie out of a video game. Gore Verbinski has left the helm of ‘Pirates 4’ and focus on ‘Bioshock,’ an adaptation of the best selling video game.

No word on how his leaving ‘Pirates 4’ will effect that production schedule, which was slated to hit theaters in 2010.

‘Bioshock,’ was one of the best games of 2007, and has some of the best story found in a video game, ever. I truly do believe, if any video game movie had a chance of being good, this is the one. It has the right story, and the right director.

Here’s hoping.

Bioshock to be Adapted

Bioshock to be Adapted

Bioshock I suppose if he can turn a 6-minute animatronic boat ride into 8 hours of entertaining film, he can be the one to break the curse of the video game adaptations, too. Gore Verbinski, most famous for his sprawling, epic trilogy ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean,’ has signed on to adapt XBox 360 game Bioshock. While I am of the opinion that video game adaptations can’t be successfully pulled off due to the nature of the very thin narrative games inherently have, Verbinski noted the following regarding the game:

“I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that’s cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential,” said Verbinski. “Of all the games I’ve played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative.”

Bioshock follows the story of an underwater city living by the Ayn Rand philosophy. When a pilot accidentally lands in the city, he learns that things are not quite as they seem. John Logan, writer of ‘Aviator’ is in talks to pen the script.

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