Gore Verbinski to Direct BioShock

In case you’ve been living under a rock, BioShock is a solid PC and Xbox360 game.  Some said it was a revelation, giving the player access to weird and wild powers (along with a variety of weapons) in an underwater dystopia with a fully realised back story.  For me, I found it quite repetitive and give up long before the end.  However, some recent news has grabbed me.

The Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is due to direct the game-to-film conversion and he was in fact the keynote speaker at the 2008 DICE summit.  Maybe he didn’t play the Pirates of the Caribbean game, but it was hardly groundbreaking.  Then again, we can’t charge him with that now can we?

Kotaku had the following to report on Verbinski at DICE:
“During his keynote in February, Verbinski admitted that the concept of games as a truly powerful, experiential medium was still a little new to him — but he also seemed to demonstrate curiosity and respect for what he had yet to learn.

He talked primarily about ways to elaborate on game narratives, but encouragingly, he showed a healthy respect for games as their own medium, avoiding the often problematic philosophy that tries to blur the line between the two – usually resulting in both cheesy “summer blockbuster” action games, and films that knock off games while broadly missing what made the source material appealing.”

I guess what we can say is that Verbinski is clearly a far better film-maker than Uwe Boll.  Will he reach the ‘dizzying heights’ of Christophe Gans’ Silent Hill though?  I’m not being sarcastic there, I did enjoy that film.  It wasn’t exactly better than The Omen though.  Well, we’ll have to wait and see.  BioShock is after all a game with a more developed story than say House of the Dead – but then we’re going back into Boll territory there…

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