A cinematic adaptation of the first-person adventure game has been on the cards for a while, but like so many other video game movies has struggled to get off the ground.
We got very close to having it get made we had a deal in place and a director. But for us theres no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made, Levine told Industry Gamers.
Chatter of a BioShock movie started as early as 2008, when publisher Take Two announced that Pirates Of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski had been brought on board. Verbinski eventually distanced himself from the project, and 28 Weeks Later's Juan Carlos Fresnadilo was signed up. However, the project was hit by budgetary concerns.
Earlier in the year, Ken Levine said that "unless all the right pieces are in place" then the movie wouldn't get made. But Levine was keen to stress that he's not against the idea entirely — just in no rush to get it done.
For us and for Take-Two, its really got to be something that will give the fans something that they want, and, for those who dont know BioShock, really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, he said.
There are differences between games and movies, no doubt, but the movie has to draw from the same DNA in terms of the world and the story beats."