By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Though Gore Verbinski skyrocketed his career as a director thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, he's not feeling like going forward with a fourth installment. While one would assume he's got a type of Pirate burnout, the director is also prepping another adaptation based on the popular vidgame BioShock.
Gore Verbinski Says No to Pirates, But All for BioShock
After spending six years behind the camera in the editing room for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, work that helped Disney earn a whopping $2.6 billion worldwide, Verbinski has confirmed to the studio and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he won't be returning. Scheduling conflicts? Doubtful, as the fourth Pirates is only in early development, and not even greenlit yet.
Instead, Verbinksi will be applying all his efforts to the BioShock adaptation, which has a script ready to go from scribe John Logan. When it comes to Pirates, Verbinksi recognizes his roots.
"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 said. "I'm looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future."
For those of you who haven't heard about BioShock, the first person shooter is one of the most successful new interactive entertainment franchises to launch in recent years. A critical and consumer hit, BioShock has sold more than 2 million units worldwide since its release in August 2007. A sequel to the game, BioShock 2, is planned for a release in 2009.
The game unfolds as a deep and exciting adventure. Barely surviving a plane crash, the player lands in icy uncharted waters and discovers an undersea city called Rapture, a failed utopia whose citizens had embraced genetic engineering before the city descended into pure anarchy. Power and greed have run amok and the city has succumbed to civil war. It is a gripping game that forces the player to make complex moral choices. Fans have embraced BioShock's mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. BioShock is also renowned for its rich visual detail depicting a gorgeous Art Deco world set deep beneath the sea.