A BioShock film had been confirmed, and was originally planned to be released in 2011, coinciding with the release of a third BioShock game. The film was set to be directed by Gore Verbinski, director of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. However, it was announced on August 24, 2009 that because of budget issues, and the prospect of filming some footage overseas, Verbinski had dropped out as director.[1] Verbinski remained as the film's producer, and is working with the new director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who is best known for his horror sequel 28 Weeks Later, to manage the film's budget.


In early July of 2010 Verbinski announced that he was still active on the movie, and that he and Fresnadillo were working to reduce the budget and produce the film with an R-rating.[2]

In February 2011 Verbinski confirmed that pre-production on the BioShock film has stopped because no studio was willing to invest in such an expensive project with a violent theme.[3]

As of May 2012, Levine did mention that there is potential hope for the BioShock film to be made someday, even if an adaptation is not as necessary, especially compromising for a film version that both he and the studio will agree to make. In an interview, Levine didn't mention Fresnadillo, but he did nod to Verbinski's time working on the adaptation, as well as what it will take to get a BioShock movie made:

The thing with Gore [Verbinski] didn't work out, but there's no such thing as 'it's finished' when it comes to making a movie out of something.

We don’t have any need to get a movie made. We’d like to have a movie made, but it would have to be the right one, and we’ve had the opportunity to get it made and unless all the right pieces are in place – it’s hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place. If you don’t start with the right pieces, you don’t have a prayer.

We’ve had a lot of great talks with great people about it. We got close to great people, but you always have to have all of those pieces in place and that’s going to be very challenging. It’s a moving puzzle, but I’m going to be continually talking to people about it. It’s definitely something that’s still in the conversation.

—Ken Levine[4]

However, even with production seemingly dead, in 2014 Sony registered three domain names, in BioShock:,, and[5]

Actor Woody Harrelson ("No Country for Old Men", "Zombieland", "The Hunger Games") was asked about the movie and if he would take the role as Bill McDonagh and had this to say: "Nothing is confirmed so far, if they decide to push through with the project, my line is open."[6]

In 2015 emails exposed by Wikileaks revealed that Sony were obtaining the rights for a BioShock movie that would be “starting over but based on the same story as Gore Verbinski’s draft”. Another email revealed that Ryan Gosling was interested in the project and would be brought on board once the rights were sewn up. A further update on this revelation could be imminent.[7]

In 2017, after the success of the 2016 R-rated film Deadpool, Verbinski stated on Reddit that the movie might have a chance in this day and age.[8]



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  1. "BioShock Movie: Sink or Swim?" article by Christopher Monfette at
  2. "Gore: Persia Won't Stop BioShock" article by Jim Vejvoda at
  3. Verbinksi explains BioShock movie stall on Eurogamer
  4. BioShock Movie plans Live on; Levine urges Patience on G4
  5. Sony Pictures Has Registered Three Bioshock Movie Domains on JustPushStart
  6. An article on Kdramastars By Joey Parsons on June 25th 2014
  7. Wikileaks Reveal The Bioshock Movie May Be Back On by The Sixth Axis
  8. BioShock film could have been made today, director says on Polygon
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