After two decades of development and several different directors, Watchmen finally hit the big screen… And bombed. So what? One movie doesn’t make a difference, right? Well, let’s ask the game designer in charge of BioShock.
Kevin Levine was recently talking to Eurogamer about what was once to be the Gore Verbinski-directed adaptation of the popular video game. According to Levine, it was the less-than-stellar box office reception for the film version of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel that convinced the studio to think twice about going forward with a big budget BioShock movie.
Here’s what Levine had to say:
“My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film, then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film… They brought another director in, and I didn’t really see the match there – and 2K’s one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it…
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he said. “Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”
Fans will undoubtedly be pleased to know that they didn’t get what might have ended up being a watered down version of their favorite game, but will there ever be a BioShock movie now, I wonder. Time will tell.
Bastards: What do you think of this development? Do you think Levine is right? What else do you think Watchmen killed?