We've been writing for a while about the strange process Bioshock has gone through on its way toward become a feature film. The 2007 underwater video game was initially going to be directed by Gore Verbinski, until the director bailed to tackle a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and the entire production stalled as a result. Now Verbinski, speaking to The Los Angeles Times, says he doesn't think the thing will happen at all.

Speaking of his partnership with Blind Wind video games, Verbinski was happy to talk up his relationship with Universal and all the potential games that could get made. Except Bioshock, that is. "The bottom line is it has to shoot out of the States for budget reasons and my schedule may be prohibitive. There's a great script and a really interesting cast. It really comes down to the financial model now. Big movies are just not being shot in the States. I'm weighing whether I can physically go the U.K. or Australia or one of those other places with a tax rebate for a year-and-a-half."

It's unclear why Verbinski, who filmed the Pirates movies all over the damn place, is so dead-set on staying home right now, especially for a movie on which he's just a producer, and could swing back and forth whenever he likes. Maybe he just feels he's earned the right to camp out in Los Angeles and do whatever he wants. But when it's at the expense of bringing a particularly interesting video game adaptation to life, it seems like there has to be some other kind of motivation there. Whatever it is, it's keeping Bioshock on ice for the time being.

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