The BioShock movie adaptation is no longer in the hands of 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, a new interview with The Playlist confirms. Fresnadillo is currently doing press for his latest film, Intruders, and signs are now pointing to him as the director of Summit Entertainment's planned Highlander reboot.
"To be honest, by now, I’m completely out of that, and developing other stuff," Fresnadillo told The Playlist. "Right now it’s on hold. The studio and the video game company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating."
This likely won't come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with Hollywood's inner workings. There's been no news on the BioShock movie front in ages, nothing about casting or pre-production or anything else. Fresnadillo's comment about it stemming from an issue between the studio and the "video game company" -- presumably publisher 2K Games -- certainly sounds accurate based on the little we DO know.
Fresnadillo is the second director to move on from developing the BioShock adaptation, following Gore Verbinski. The Pirates of the Caribbean director confirmed his own lack of involvement with the project in February 2011, citing similar issues: the cost was too high for a movie that necessitates an R rating. R-rated movies tend to draw smaller crowds due to the age barrier, which is why Hollywood typically pushes for big-budget releases to aim for a PG-13 or lower.