Verbinski leaves the Pirate life, BioShock is NOT necessarily next

bioshockAccording to Variety, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski has officially stepped away from a fourth film in the franchise (still in development but not yet greenlit) and instead seems “likely” — but not certain — that he’ll do the video game adaptation BioShock next, from a script by John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator), to which he’s been attached for nearly a year.

Variety’s own article says he’s going to focus “on other projects that include BioShock,” while the subhead simplifies this to that he’s going to “focus on BioShock,” which is considerably more specific. Despite what other websites are saying based solely on the same article, I wouldn’t necessarily start holding my breath over that part of the news, BioShock fans. I know better, because I can read. (Mind you, it may very well be next, but I think Variety’s subhead is distorting the facts.)

In any case, this much is certain: Verbinski is off Pirates 4, and moving on to other things. “I had a fantastic time bringing Pirates to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team,” Verbinski told the trade. “I’m looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future.”

He’ll be crossing paths with “Johnny” (Depp, of course) very soon, on Rango, a CG-animated film for ILM and Paramount starring Johnny Depp as a household pet who goes on a journey of self-discovery or something else that sounds awfully familiar.

In addition to Rango and BioShock, he’s attached to a Clue retread; an original screenplay by Michael Gilio Black Hole (not to be confused with the Charles Burns graphic novel adaptation that David Fincher is attached to); and the still-untitled MMORPG movie by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises). I’m not sure if Verbinski is still planning on doing a short for David Fincher’s Heavy Metal anthology (at Sony now, not Paramount), but Rob Zombie was apparently approached to do one recently, so the project, at least, is not dead in the water.

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Posted on April 8, 2009 at 10:22 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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