There’s been a slight change in plans for the upcoming Universal Pictures adaptation of the hit video game Bioshock. Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean) was originally slated to direct this as his next project, but according to Variety, he has decided to relinquish the director’s chair and take on a producer role instead. He will be replaced by Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who is best known for his critically-acclaimed film Intacto and 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic zombie thriller.
The reason for the change is mostly an economic one; the Bioshock project was put on hold earlier this year when the budget began to balloon to $160 million. Universal decided to move the production abroad to take advantage of tax breaks, but this left Verbinski unable to direct due to his other commitment to the animated film Rango. Fresnadillo, who is also attached to direct a remake of X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, will be a solid choice in my opinion. If anything, I am even more enthusiastic about the project with him at the helm, although I guess there is a question of whether or not the movie will suffer from a drastically reduced budget. What do you think, is this a good move by Universal?