It was looking like the Bioshock movie, based on the 2K Games creation and one of the best games of 2007, was falling apart before it could even get started. With a ballooning budget reaching upwards of $160 million, pre-production was shutdown, and subsequently the original director Gore Verbinski had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
It seems that possibly one of the problems has been solved.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known in the states for his 28 Weeks Later, is in final talks to helm the director’s seat for the Bioshock film adaptation. Apparently Take-Two holds the last vote for directorial duties and has yet to finalize the position.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of 28 Weeks Later, but if Fresnadillo can extract the sordid cinematography from its opening sequence or even recreate the enigmatic tension from his Spanish-language film Intacto, I think he could work well with Bioshock. Then again, going from Verbinski to Fresnadillo is like going from the major leagues to Triple-A. Only time will tell whether this is a good outcome.