Gore Verbinski Hopes America’s Been Waiting for an Underwater Ayn Rand Movie

Since the Halo movie has long since had a sticky bomb attached to its head, and now lies lifeless and skull-less on the floor of Hollywood (metaphorically speaking), it’s time to move on and pin all our hopes on a new videogame movie?Bioshock. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinksi has announced he’ll be making the artsy-farsty first-person shooter into a movie, and Variety says the deal was structured to make sure the movie happens (unlike Halo).

“Bioshock” takes place in an underwater city based on the free market principles of Ayn Rand, but things have gone disastrously wrong. Players control a pilot who crash-lands at a secret entrance to the city, called Rapture, and is drawn into a power struggle during which he discovers that his will is not as free as he’d thought.

“I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that’s cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential,” said Verbinski. “Of all the games I’ve played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative.”

Verbinski noted that Rapture’s art deco design and visually arresting characters, such as the mechanical Big Daddys who protect genetically mutated girls called Little Sisters, particularly inspired him to see the game as a film.

That’s a video of the Bioshock game above, if you’re interested; I do wonder if Hollywood would allows a movie where the protagonist has to repeatedly shoot little girls (evil ones, but still).