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BioShock Put on Hold

Published April 25, 2009 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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Though BioShock was making its way through pre-production, the film's rising budget has become a primary concern for Universal Pictures. So much in fact that the studio has put a top to the adaptation until Gore Verbinski can compromise on some er, 'budget concerns'. Basically, the studio needs to cap it off at something a lot less frightening. Considering that the film involves lots and lots of water, that may be easier said than done.

BioShock on Hold

Sources close to the production claim that the John Logan-scripted adaptation was prepping to shoot when the story suggested a budget close to $160 million. The film's plotline takes place in the underwater city Rapture, where a pilot crash-lands near a secret entrance and becomes involved in a power struggle.

How does Universal plan to get the budget under control? Easy, do what every corporation looking to save some skrilla does and leave the States. (Sorry GM, but it's true)

"We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit," Verbinski said. "We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern."

Verbinksi's game for whatever, just as long as he can make the film. Showing his determination, the director already dropped off the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean installments.

For those of you worried about the adaptation's survival, Universal says not to worry, as they will not let this go into permanent limbo like some other highly-anticipated adaptations. Cough - Halo.
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