Last March, Bioshock video game creator Ken Levine revealed that the movie adaptation of the popular game was dead, due to the box office failure of Watchmen. However, the adaptation may be back on track, with a report from Kotaku revealing that Sony Pictures has registered several web domains, including Bioshock-Movie.com, Bioshock-Movie.net and Bio-Shock.net which could hint that the movie is back on track.
The project was indefinitely delayed back in 2011, when Gore Verbinski was attached to direct, just weeks before production was scheduled to begin after the budget ballooned to over $160 million. Universal Pictures controlled the property at that time, bringing in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to replace Gore Verbinski before he bowed out as well. Now it seems that Sony Pictures has been brought on, but there is no confirmation of the movie actually happening, aside from the web domain registrations.
The video game is a first-person shooter set in the year 1960, where the player must swim to an abandoned lighthouse after surviving a plane crash, taking a submersible craft to the underwater utopia known as Rapture, filled with mutants, vicious drug addicts and mad geniuses. The player's only ally is Atlas, with much of the game centering on finding him. The game is quite violent and graphic, which lead to the Universal adaptation targeting an R rating, although, after the R-rated Watchmen bombed at the box office, Universal got cold feet.
Ken Levine, who started out as a screenwriter before creating Bioshock, is currently writing the Logan's Run remake for Warner Bros., but it isn't known if he is involved in this new version of Bioshock.