Jack Battles A Splicer In Storyboards From Defunct BIOSHOCK Movie

Storyboard artist Michael Anthony Jackson ("Iron Man"), worked on the live-action BioShock movie when Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") was attached to direct. Hit the jump to see storyboards of a fight scene involving a Jack and a Splicer.

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By nailbiter111 - 12/19/2013

In 2008, Universal started developing a live-action film for the popular video game series, BioShock. Gore Verbinski ("The Lone Ranger") was set to direct a script to be written by John Logan ("The Last Samurai"). A year later, Watchmen struggled at the box office, which lead Universal to feel uneasy about producing a $200 million R-rated film. They requested that Gore try to make his vision for only $80 million to help mitigate their risk exposure. Gore balked at the request. He then slid over into the producer's chair, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Late") was hired to helm the project. By early 2010, pre-production had begun, but not long afterward BioShock creator Ken Levine stepped in and pulled the plug for good. Levine felt as though Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was not a good match for BioShock, nor was Levine willing to make other compromises just to see his game come to life on the big screen. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of a BioShock film, but until then let's enjoy storyboards that Michael Anthony Jackson made for Gore's BioShock film that was never-made.




















In the first half of the 20th century an industrialist by the name of Andrew Ryan, built an underwater utopia called Rapture. Rapture was populated by the world's best and the brightest and was seen as an unbridled success. A undetermined period of time later a new species of sea slug that secreted stem cells was discovered in the ocean surrounding Rapture. This allowed the inhabitants of Rapture to enhance physical and mental capabilities and to heal old wounds. These stem cells, known as Adam, became so sought after that a war to control the substance broke out between Andrew Ryan and one of Adam's original discoverers, a scientist named Fontaine. The war was eventually won by Ryan, however the population, having modified themselves to survive the war, was changed forever. They were now addicted to Adam and depended on it for their survival. The game starts as the player's aeroplane crash lands in the ocean near Rapture ten years after society collapsed. - bioshock-online.com
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patriautism - 12/19/2013, 8:00 PM
I'm so glad they didn't make this movie. They might have done it justice , but Bioshock is a work of art, it shouldn't be tampered with.
gost - 12/19/2013, 8:00 PM
I don't remember at any point in the game picking up a tennis racket and trying to fight with it.
ALegendaryPanda - 12/19/2013, 8:04 PM
This movie could've actually turned out great :(
santoanderson - 12/19/2013, 8:54 PM
I'm happy this never got made. Triple-A title videogames nowadays have acting, story & visuals as good as, if not better than the stuff we see in movies. Plus taking away the interactivity of the game would kind of suck.
santoanderson - 12/19/2013, 8:56 PM
Oh, and Michael Jackson drew these. True story.
BlackIceJoe - 12/19/2013, 9:01 PM
A Bioshock movie could have been interesting. But I think another video game by Ken would have been better. I would have like to see System Shock more. Ken made one great movie in the 90s and you can see some things from System Shock that he brought over into Bioshock. But to me at least System Shock could have been one great and scary movie.
xcan - 12/19/2013, 9:40 PM
I love Bioshock. It has to be up there with Resident Evil 1/2, NHL 94, Halo 1 and Super Metroid as a 'Top 10' for greatest games ever made. That's for the 35+ crowd though... shit you kids missed out on.

But after saying that, if they EVER turned it into shit like Silent Hill 2 then I'm glad they didn't make this, which it looks like that was about to happen.
Humperdink - 12/19/2013, 10:36 PM
Bioshock is amazing.
Such an interesting and original approach they took.

MightyZeus - 12/19/2013, 11:26 PM
I love all three Bioshock games especially Bioshock Infinite. Those panels look interesting which only makes me want a Bioshock film even more.

Maybe some day someone will be willing to make Bioshock into a live action film.
ds9epicfan - 12/20/2013, 12:29 AM
There might be interest in making a Bioshock movie again if the Assassin's Creed movie becomes a box office hit!Among Assassin's Creed and Bioshock,I'd love to see Halo,Dishonored,Borderlands,Half-Life,Gears of War and my personal favorite,Dead Space,all turn into movies,if done right.
breakneckbeck - 12/20/2013, 2:10 AM
God I love this game
And its sequel too, very underrated.

But clearly Jack needs his signature wrench in this scene
MrNiklander - 12/20/2013, 2:54 AM
Wow that actually would look badass on the silver screen.I can see why this movie will never happen it's too damn expensive to make the sets and hell the splicers chreography alone
DrunkenNukem - 12/20/2013, 3:55 AM
Bioshock is one of the best games of all time...it doesnt need a movie..its a masterpiece for itself...a movie of it would be a stink.....
...Not every great game deserve a movie adaptation
RacerREX - 12/20/2013, 7:10 AM
This movie didn't get made for the obvious reason that you can't have someone fighting with razor sharp sickles and get a PG-13 rating.

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