The story about the development of the Bioshock movie is an interesting, but ultimately disappointing one. The film is pretty much dead now, but every once in a while something rises to the surface giving us a glimpse at what could have been.
The film went through a couple directors, but the most prominent was Pirates of the Caribbean's Gore Verbinski. That eventually fell apart though because Verbinski was unwilling to make the movie PG-13. That is probably for the best too because the horror and violence of the franchise is pretty core to its concept. Throwing that into a PG-13 mould would be… difficult.
However, thanks to a concept artist Kasra Farahani who worked on the film while it was still in development, we can get a good look at what it might have looked like. The art was put up on the artist's blog saying:
I was a concept designer for Academy award winning production designer, Rick Heinrichs on this unproduced Gore Verbinski film. Fun sets to design!
You can check out the designs below.
While those are beautiful in their own right, they feel just a little bit too vast for the underwater city of Rapture. The environments of the game were quite claustrophobic at times, but the power station here feels just a little bit too big.
Still, it's always cool to see development for unfinished movies. I really would like to have seen what they'd have done with this, though.