BioShock film not dead yet, says Ken Levine
The long-awaited BioShock film is not dead despite Gore Verbinski's failed attempt to helm the project in 2008, according to Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine.
Speaking to Edge Magazine, Levine stated the team is currently focusing on developing this year's BioShock Infinite. However, he adds the film project is not shelved and so far it's simply "always about the stars aligning."
"The thing with Gore [Verbinski] didn't work out, but there's no such thing as 'it's finished' when it comes to making a movie out of something," Levine explained. "It's always about the stars aligning. We're still focusing on it, but it hasn't consumed us so much. Right now, we're choosing our battles and focusing on making BioShock Infinite."
Rumors that the film adaptation was in the midst of development hell first began to rear their head when Verbinski stepped down from director into a producer role in 2010. 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo later replaced him before it was announced this year he stepped down to develop a new installment in the Highlander series.
Verbinski openly placed blame on backers who would not fund an R-rated film.
Bioshock Infinite is currently slated for launch on October 16th for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.