Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski has spoken about the cancelation of his BioShock movie that was in the works a long time ago. Speaking to Collider, Verbinski said he was in trouble from the very beginning, as he pitched the movie as a R-rated film that needed a gigantic budget. The executives at Universal apparently balked.
“It was strange, my first meeting at Universal on BioShock was sitting in a room and saying, ‘Hey guys, this is a $200 million R-rated movie.’ And it was silent. I remember my agent going, ‘Why did you say that?’ I’m like, because it is,” he said. “Why just even trying to kill a movie you haven’t even started? That’s before getting a scripted before anything. I’m just I just want to be clear. And I think everybody at the studio was like,’Well, yeah, okay, maybe. Wow, no. It’s big, we know.'”
According to Verbinski, Universal “chickened out” and didn’t agree to Verbinski’s idea to make an R-rated movie with a huge budget. Verbinski said Universal might have been wary to greenlight BioShock because 2009’s Watchmen had just released and it struggled at the box office as an R-rated film with a big budget.
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