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Submitted by Crazyreyn 1067d ago | news

'Watchman' failure led to demise of 'BioShock' film, says Ken Levine

The failure of the Watchman film at the box office led to the demise of the BioShock movie, it has been suggested by Ken Levine.

Speaking at a BAFTA Q&A for BioShock Infinite attended by Digital Spy, the game's creative director explained how the studio went "cold" on backing a big-budget R-rated film.

"There was a deal in place and it was in production at Universal, and Gore Verbinski was directing it," explained Levine. (BioShock, Ken Levine, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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zeal0us  +   1067d ago
Watchman budget was 130m Box office 185m. Sure there have been movies with similar budget that went on to sell 2-3 times their budget but I wouldn't called Watchman a failure.

Movies like Red Dawn who box office didn't pass their budget would be deem as a failure, imho.

Bioshock film probably wouldn't perform well anyway. Very few video game based movies actually sells unless their target audience is aim at children(wreck it ralph).
SlavisH2  +   1067d ago
yeah it sounds like they dont know what they are talking about. There was probably bigger issues they dont want to talk about!
CommonSense  +   1067d ago
185m boxoffice does not mean 185m profit. Theaters have to make money, too.

What's more likely? The people who do this for a living don't know what they are talking about? or you don't?
Skate-AK  +   1067d ago
Haha I just watched Red Dawn like 3 hours ago.
Godmars290  +   1067d ago
o__O

As far as I know, Watchmen happened years before Bioshock even existed.

Does not compute...
aliengmr  +   1067d ago
The graphic novel was, not the movie.
MysticStrummer  +   1067d ago
It's Watchmen, not Watchman, and I doubt it's box office performance had anything to do with a Bioshock movie not being made.
Hicken  +   1067d ago
I seem to recall it did fairly well, and was a critical success, as well.

There IS a movie called The Watchman, but I seriously doubt that's the movie they're referring to.
BozoLoco  +   1067d ago
*Watchmen
kostchtchie_  +   1067d ago
i liked Watchmen, i guess unless u make 100 million profit its all fail...
Audiggity  +   1067d ago
Glad to see everyone else correcting the "Watchman" reference... it's concerning that the basis for a movie being cancelled is referenced inaccurately.

BTW the Worldwide Gross was: $185,258,983

With a budget of $130,000,000 (approx)

Knowing that sequels ALWAYS perform better than their predecessors. This seems silly to consider "Watchmen" a failure.
CommonSense  +   1067d ago
Sequels always perform better than their predecessors? What does that even mean?

Jurassic park killed the next 2 movies. Star Wars: A new Hope made more than Empire or Jedi. Then Phantom Menace made more than the next 2.

I can find countless examples of this. You clearly don't know what you are talking about.
Bathyj  +   1067d ago
I love Watchmen. It was great to see a Super hero movie not aimed at kids. Awesome visual style and soundtrack.

And I'm glad Ken would rather not make a movie than make a crap movie. Some things you shouldnt force just because theres a demand for it.
Felonycarclub8  +   1067d ago
I loved watchmen it was such a different superhero movie but its not for everyone
Soldierone  +   1067d ago
Personally I'm happy. One less game for Hollywood to totally ruin. Lets just hope the next group to get their hands on it is actually good. (not saying this group was bad)
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WeAreLegion  +   1067d ago
Zack Snyder is brilliant. :) I can't wait for Man of Steel.
ironfist92  +   1067d ago
Verbinski seemed passionate about making this film, and make it true to its tones, themes, and audience.

Too bad he didnt have a shot, he couldve delivered something great imo

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