Rare concept art surfaces from Gore Verbinski's aborted 2008 Bioshock film

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Dec 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

After the original Bioshock game became a hit, the film rights were snatched up and Gore Verbinski (Rango, The Lone Ranger) signed on to direct in 2008. Development barreled along relatively well until Verbinski butted heads with the studio over the rating and budget. Verbinski wanted a dark, R-rated adaptation, while the studio reportedly leaned toward a hard PG-13, to make the movie more accessible at the box office.

Coupled with the fact that Verbinski reportedly wanted a budget near the $200 million range (which is crazy high for an R-rated film), and with the recent iffy box-office output of Zack Snyder’s R-rated Watchmen fresh in their minds, the studio rankled and the film slipped into development hell, where it has remained ever since.

But conceptual illustrator Kasra Farahani (Thor) has revealed some new concept art he designed for the film, showing off the aesthetic and some character designs for sequences involving Little Sister and Big Daddy. It definitely evokes the feel of the game, and we really wish Verbinski would’ve gotten a shot at this one. 

Enjoy the concept art below, and we’ll continue to hold onto hope the studio will revive this one sooner or later.

(Via Comic Book Movie)