Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in talks to direct the video game adaptation “Bioshock” for Universal Pictures.
Gore Verbinski, who dropped out of helming due to his commitment to animated movie Rango, remains the film’s producer through his Universal-based Blind Wink. Fresnadillo’s producing partner, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, is also in talks to become a producer. John Logan (Gladiator) wrote the script.
In order to keep costs lower (budget of “Bioshock” rose to $160 million) the studio has decided to move the production aboard in order to take advantage of production tax credits and try to squeeze more out of the dollar with the favorable exchange rates.
Based on the game by Take-Two, “Bioshock” is set in an alternate history in the year 1960, and takes place in the seemingly utopian underwater city of Rapture, where a pilot crash-lands and becomes involved in the city’s internal power struggle. Hey, at least they’re not trying to eat him, so that’s a plus. [source: Variety]