This is now Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s problem.
According to Variety, Universal Pictures has chosen Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct the film adaptation of the video game “Bioshock.” Fresnadillo is best known for directing “28 Weeks Later.”
Gore Verbinski was originally slated to direct, but had to drop out when Universal decided that it would move the production overseas as a cost-saving measure. Verbinski is already committed to directing the animated film “Rango” and couldn’t leave the U.S. for an extended time to work on “Bioshock” ((interestingly, Verbinski had given “Bioshock” as his official reason for passing on a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film). He is, however, still producing the film .
In “Bioshock” the game, a pilot crash lands into an underwater utopian civilization that now is falling apart as factions fight for control (gamers, I’m sure you can do a better job on a one-sentence synopsis for this than I can). The game has been both a popular and critical hit.
Well…Fresnadillo seems a good enough choice, at least based on “28 Weeks Later.” Will fans of the game protest his selection? I doubt it. I think. This is, though, one of the few video games that really seems made for the movies, so undoubtedly hopes are higher than usual that this will go off without any additional problems.