BioShock: “We don’t have any need to get a movie made,” says Levine

Wednesday, 25th May 2011 18:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ken Levine has said the BioShock team would like to get a movie of the game made, but until “all the right pieces are in place,” it’s not going to happen.

Speaking with Industry Gamers, Levine said he is still in talks with people regarding getting a film made despite the fact the series doesn’t necessarily ”need” a movie made of it.

“I think we’re in the space now of building properties that are appealing to people, and there’s a version of BioShock that makes a great game and there’s probably a version of BioShock that makes a great movie,” he said.

“I think for us as a company, we don’t have any need to get a movie made. We’d like to have a movie made, but it would have to be the right one, and we’ve had the opportunity to get it made and unless all the right pieces are in place – it’s hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place. If you don’t start with the right pieces, you don’t have a prayer.

“We’ve had a lot of great talks with great people about it. We got close to great people, but you always have to have all of those pieces in place and that’s going to be very challenging. It’s a moving puzzle, but I’m going to be continually talking to people about it. It’s definitely something that’s still in the conversation.”

As far as Infinite being made into a movie was concerned, Levine said once the game’s finished being made and “every singe detail,” of the story is “worked out completely,” he’ll start thinking about it.

“But right now I’m really just focused on BioShock Infinite as a game,” he said.

BioShock Infinite is slated for calender 2012 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

You can read up on VG247′s chat with Levine here.



  1. DSB

    Some things are best left seperate.

    I actually liked it back when people would make movie/game crossovers like Spycraft though.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Yea bioshock movie just can’t be even average because story is written for GAME not for movie.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    I am not sure Bioshock is one of those games that can easily be brought to a movie format of course if done right not like Prince of Persia or Resident Evil where its built for 12 year olds that want assploisions and hot chicks.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    I think Bioshock has an awesome setting, but so little of any average videogame revolves around actively progressing a story. Most of the time you’re completing subordinate tasks to allow some kind of turn to advance the story, and the only thing that makes that interesting, is that you’re the one doing it all.

    It would require a lot of retooling, and somehow I think it’s pretty hard to get a decent budget on a movie, and all the talent that comes with it, when the IP you’re offering is essentially sloppy seconds.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. IL DUCE

    Yeah seriously enough with the video game/movie cross overs because neither are ever a good quality product, let alone a profitable one…people making shitty tie-in video games with movie releases (which are never good and have a worse history of games made into movies) is inevitable but unless its meant to be a movie there is no need to force it like Ken said…I mean sure the Resident Evil movies were ok, and Max Payne was kinda ok too, maybe the Tomb Raider movies weren’t half bad, I never sat through one, and maybe a few others were tolerable, but that aint gonna cut it…there’s no use in possibly degrading an IP to a half assed movie treatment…its gotta be fully funded, have the blessing of the creators and stay true to the IP to really blow people away, otherwise it will just be an ok movie and not be worth as much as it costs to make…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Hunam

    The basic colliding philosophies would be the show piece of a film as well as Jack discovering who and what he is. I actually think it’s one of the easier setting to make a film about.

    Something like GTA would be crazy because it’s influences are films and any film with guns, cars and criminals would be just the same as any GTA film.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    @4 Hit the nail on the head there. Gotta be hard to get a movie studio interested when. the lead character is a faceless mute.

    Bioshock Infinite is looking like it’ll have a much stronger character driven story, so maybe in 2-3 years we’ll see Paul w Anderson butcher that? (Mila jovovitch as lead) :D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    I wasn’t talking about making a movie that tries to copy and past the character but it goes onto another story within the realm of Rapture. Silent Hill the movie didn’t do that and it very much captured the series even with its soundtrack. One of the best video game adapation I have ever seen.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    movie can only be good if it doesnt follow the game but use the same universe

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Hunam

    @7 No film would ever be made about a faceless mute, that’s a game concept. Jack would be the lead and he’d have a significant personality in any film.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    @10 You misread my post methinks *checks post* Yeah you did ;)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. osric90

    You don’t need to get back to the 7th art being the 8th already, unless, as you said, it’s a fan made spin off or something (good) a great movie producer can bring to reality in change for a few millions that’d help you developing next games.

    #12 4 years ago

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