Pirates helmer to pass on fourth movie in favor of BioShock

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski will not helm a proposed fourth installment and will instead focus on BioShock, a Universal Pictures adaptation of the best-selling sci-fi video game, among other projects, Variety reported.

John Logan scripted BioShock, which is likely to be Verbinski's next film as a director.

Verbinski is still working with Pirates star Johnny Depp, though. He has been directing Rango, a computer-animated film for Paramount Pictures, with Depp voicing the title character. Logan wrote the script based on an idea by Verbinski. Paramount has set a March 2011 release.

Verbinski's Blind Wink Productions is developing several other potential directing vehicles, including Clue, a live-action murder mystery based on the Hasbro board game, and a drama based on a Wall Street Journal article about the online fantasy role-playing world and its debilitating effect on the real lives of players. Steven Knight is penning the latter.