Verbinski out, Fresnadillo in on Bioshock directing duties

Bioshock_Screenshot1When Universal Pictures decided to film the Bioshock movie overseas to take advantage of tax-credits that other countries are offering, it looks like they automatically lost Pirates of the Carribbean 3 director Gore Verbinski in the process. The reason Verbinski can’t do the movie now is that he’s locked into sticking around the U.S. while work is done on the upcoming Rango which features the voice of Johnny Depp.

But not to worry!

According to Variety, the studio is in talks with 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to pick up that slack, and I’m actually quite pleased by this result.

Fresnadillo is a fine choice as a director because of the work he did with the “zombie” sequel movie which scored at 71% fresh on the Tomatometer and came in second place to Spider-Man 3 when it debuted a week after that film did. Also considering the fact that Bioshock has an other worldly, non-North American feel to it, even the move to filming abroad was a great decision.

Now, the decision rests in videogame company Take-Two’s hands and by God, I hope they don’t drop the ball on this.

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Posted on August 24, 2009 at 06:23 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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  1. Written by Chan Wen.
    on 2009-08-24 at 11:47
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    Huh. That's an interesting exchange.

    Well, considering the horror aspect of Bioshock, this may be a good thing. I'll certainly have some hope for the film now. Aside from the “video game movies are crap” principle.

  2. Written by arkonbey
    on 2009-08-24 at 12:19
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    This could either be wonderful or terrible. Bioshock felt to me, almost a little too complex to be a video game. It could so easily be made into a movie. In the wrong hands, it could fall to the aforementioned principle.

  3. Written by Chan Wen.
    on 2009-08-24 at 15:47
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    Huh. That's an interesting exchange.

    Well, considering the horror aspect of Bioshock, this may be a good thing. I'll certainly have some hope for the film now. Aside from the “video game movies are crap” principle.

  4. Written by arkonbey
    on 2009-08-24 at 16:19
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    This could either be wonderful or terrible. Bioshock felt to me, almost a little too complex to be a video game. It could so easily be made into a movie. In the wrong hands, it could fall to the aforementioned principle.

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