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Quint gets an update on BIOSHOCK and HIGHLANDER from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here, fresh out of an interview with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo for his Clive Owen thriller INTRUDERS which premiered last night. Being the uber-dork that I am, I brought up two projects he’s attached to: Bioshock and Highlander.

There’s some interesting info there and I wanted to share them with you in advance of the full interview posting the week of release (March 30th).

I’m a huge Bioshock fan and I think of all the video game movies being talked about Bioshock stands the best chance of working as a cohesive movie. I just want to see a movie set in Rapture, the underwater art deco rundown city.

So, here’s what Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had to say about where Bioshock is, how likely it’ll be made, how likely he’ll be attached to direct when that decision is made and what he’s doing with his reboot of Highlander. Enjoy!



Quint: I would be remiss in not bringing up Bioshock, because I’m kind of obsessed with that game.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: Yeah, me too. You know, there’s a problem with the video game… well, it’s not a problem. The thing is, Bioshock is super complicated, it is a very high budget movie. Obviously, the studio doesn’t want to make a big budget movie with an R (rating). And it has to be an R.

Quint: Yeah, if you’re going to do the game justice you need to keep that rating.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: So, that’s the problem, I think, that the video game and the studio are trying to make an agreement about.

Quint: Would you still be involved if they do come to an agreement?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: I don’t know, to be honest. It was a very interesting experience to work with Gore Verbinski developing the story a bit and to pitch with the video game. I learned a lot about Hollywood and this kind of project, but I don’t know.

Quint: I did a Rango office visit and I was talking to Gore’s producer…

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: Jonathan.

Quint: Right. He was telling me what Gore’s vision was for the movie, that he wanted to build Rapture from the ground up as a set. I was drooling as he was talking to me about it, I was drooling. To see Rapture realized as a giant set would be incredible. You’d need something real for the actors to walk around in to ground the reality. It just wouldn’t work if it was people walking around in a green room. Were you leaning more towards the real set builds as well?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: Yeah, me too, but I would say… keeping in mind that the cost was one of the problems I would recommend to combine realism with good and special CGI. The most important thing is to make it feel like a real thing and I think you could do that with a good DP and a very real concept of the camera.

That was something I proposed from the beginning, (for it) to work as an experience, you know? From the very beginning to the very end tracking the point of view of the hero of the story, going with him.

Quint: Which in and of itself provides a challenge because you’re adapting a video game. You’re translating from a medium where each and every audience member is the main character in the story. The story in Bioshock is actually pretty good, I love the twists “would you kindly,” etc. But there’s not really an identifiable lead because it’s you!

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: Right. You have to create a personality and the proper character to track that. But, you know, it’s a project that is on hold right now, so I’m not paying too much attention to that. Right now I’m so keen (for) another project, which could be my next movie, which is Highlander.

I think it’s a very interesting reboot because I think the concept is so solid and very epic, which is something that I really love, so let’s see if we can continue working on that. I think it could be my next movie.

Quint: The original is iconic in its own right, but I think the sequels have kind of tainted the original a bit. I mean, it does have it’s hammier moments, especially with Sean Connery, but there’s a great dark tone to it. They took it seriously. What tone do you plan to strike with your reboot?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: Again, I think it’s about following the character. I would love, if we make the movie, to feel the immortality. Immortality is a curse and I would love to feel that. You are overcoming time, but you see at the same time that the most beautiful things, the things that you love, are dying and you continue this life as a tragedy. You can’t love with anyone because you’re going to lose that person.

I would love to introduce that flavor in a very strong way in the movie and at the same time the big connection with the Universe. “Why am I immortal? Why am I the chosen one?”

In that sense, the movie is an epic. I think it’s some kind of adventure romantic story about somebody who trying to share in his immortality with someone. I don’t want to reveal more than that, but there is a new revelation in the movie that is connecting with that in a very deep and strong way. If we make it, I hope you enjoy it!



Sounds like Bioshock is on the shelf for a while, which makes me sad, but I’d much prefer a right approach to the material rejected and shelved versus being compromised and thrown into development.

Anyway, look for my full interview with Mr. Fresnadillo in a couple weeks!

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  • March 14, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Highlander remake could work.

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Keep everything from the original (including Queen), minus the ending.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Still yet to finish Bioshock.......

    by connor187

    Got the old red ring off death fuckin twice with that game and I dare not go there again!....Really good game though I might add!

  • March 14, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Highlander was one of my favorite movies growing up

    by prince_fufu

    They totally blew it with the aliens from another world crapfest that was Highlander 2. That was the first movie that I ever walked out of before it finished. I'm an atheist, but I think they should have made it a battle between the forces of good and evil, maybe the immortals were fallen angels trying to bring about or stave off the coming of the devil and armageddon.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    @ connor187

    by c4andmore

    Get it on Steam for PC. Bioshock 1 and 2 routinely go on sale there for about $5 each. You just missed a sale last week.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Bioshock Infinate will be the Bioshock movie.

    by UltraTron

    Better than any shit movie could ever be. Movies have been obsolete ever since Rockstar started making games.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    don't want to reveal anymore than that

    by ALDEN

    non-interview doesn't say anything--this filmmaker just talks a circle

  • I'd still rather have Verbinski direct it because I trust him more, but Mr.Fresnadillo might be able to pull it off. One thing, though: Rapture must physically exist. Miniature is what I mean. Big Daddy's need to exist, too. Get ol' Brian Steele in a suit.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Highlander. Definitely get queen to do the soundtrack again.

    by UltraTron

    Begin a world wide search for a new freddy mercury now. Maybe borat has an incredible voice?

  • for supplies.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    “Why am I immortal? Why am I the chosen one?”

    by paint163

    Why am I doing another remake?

  • its going to take a legit director to break the mold, and ive never heard of this guy

  • ....that doesn't involve visual FX.

  • March 14, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    A former PA at Universal mentioned similar

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    I'm friends with a guy who up until the end of last year worked as a production assistant with Universal and when I asked him about Bioshock, he said basically the same thing - that Universal didn't want to fund it in the state it currently evolving into. I'd love to see the a live set of Rapture, but I still get this feeling the film itself will turn out abysmal no matter who gets involved with it.

  • March 14, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by David_Denmans_Beard

    should be "it was currently evolving into."

  • March 14, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    (and this is just my opinion...) - better soundtrack (sorry, but I can't stand Queen), better sword/fight choreography, better accents of Scottish characters (!), more inspired art direction...although I do appreciate it's a movie of its time and place. I actually really liked the anime version in spite of its really odd bits.

  • March 14, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Original Highlander won't be topped

    by JuanSanchez

  • March 14, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    The ending was a bit shit.

    by alan_poon

    The prize turned out to be about as exciting as an episode of keeping Up with The Kargashians. Apart from that it was epic.

  • March 14, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Queen Soundtrack....

    by CB Chap

    I am a big Queen fan and thought the movie was fantastic.... the music goes really well with the film - the New York New York rendition is amazing! Also, if you go on you tube and stick in "Princes of the Universe" you will see just how well Queen 'got' the film. Top track. Can not understand the need for a remake, same goes for total recall and logans run. Got to be said that all that came after the film was utter shit though....

  • March 14, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Highlander: How I'd Do It...

    by Rob Taylor

    I think this is prime for rebooting but the problem is going to be how be finding an interesting way to get it going... If it were me I'd start it at 9/11 and have Conor McLeod walk out of the wreckage... From there he tells his story to an unbelieving agent (being supervised by a superior who inexplicably attacks McLeod) The whole attack could have been a cover to "smoke out" McLeod and the two begin to work this out as the agent is framed for her bosses murder. She slowly comes to believe the stories as injuries mount up on McLeod and after a particularly nasty gunshot wound doesn't kill him. Meanwhile a shadowy figure is manipulating the situation to learn the secrets of the immortals and unleashes what he believes is his creation... The Kurgan! Casting wise - Not Gerard Butler, thats for sure... Ewan McGregor could be interesting, if only that he has the sword fighting experience and McLeod is not a musclebound guy, he is someone who uses smarts rather than violence. For the female cop, I think Clare Danes would be good, she's excellent in Homeland and proved in Terminator 3 that she can handle the action scenes. For the Kurgan - Dwayne Johnson all the way, this could be his Terminator role, he has the right mix of smarts, action and humor that made the original character so good...

  • March 14, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I have no faith in anyone "rebooting" Highlander....

    by shane

    With movies like "Battleship" and "Transformers" coming out...these dolts cannot improve on what already is great. They cannot even touch it.

  • March 14, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Dwayne Johnson as The Kurgan?

    by alan_poon

    And I thought I'd heard everything.That's a doozy.Hahahahahahahahaha.

  • March 14, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    wheres the HOBBIT reports Quint??

    by smokie

  • March 14, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by loafroaster

  • ... why reboot good movies? Again how do you top something that was not only great in its time, but is seen through years of retrospective views and nostalgia glasses.

  • for Bioshock

  • March 14, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Queen does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Still some good Queen tracks released after HIGHLANDER that could be used for a remake... I WANT IT ALL, INNUENDO, SHOW MUST GO ON, would all fit well with the HIGHLANDER theme. Hard to top the spine-tingling beauty of WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER but you could even put in THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES for the ballad!

  • March 14, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    mighty boosh, you can't stand Queen and you didn't like Christopher Lamberts vocal delivery? You are dead to me.

  • March 14, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Why the fuck does everyone in Hollywood call REMAKES reboots?

    by Mr. Moe

  • March 14, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    rhrobbiet..your an idiot.

    by paul burnett

  • March 14, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Remakes are a basic part of human storytelling.

    by Adelai Niska

    I don't get why people say things like "Fuck off you Hollywood cunts." Since the beginning of time people have been RE-telling the same stories for new generations. Shakespeare's plays are remakes and sequels. Classic oil painters covered and re-covered the same handful of bible scenes. Nobody complains about the concept of a cover song, or of a play revival, but everybody bitches about movie remakes. Is it because film is still a relatively new medium? Highlander is a great concept, and the original film is kind of awesome and kind of cheesy and very 80s. What's the harm in trying to take that concept to a newer, deeper, better-looking movie? It doesn't hurt the original in any way and might end up being better. After all, without remakes we'd never have the Judy Garland Wizard of Oz or the kurt Russell The Thing. All I'm saying is... let's be positive and be happy that there is another HIGHLANDER and ROBOCOP in the future.

  • March 14, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Highlander has tons of potential.

    by Randy

  • to make a go for his head. Brian Cox as Kurgen

  • March 14, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Someone said there's never been a good videogame movie but

    by UltraTron

    Silent Hill was almost perfect.

  • March 14, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    THere can only be one

    by rakesh patel

    In all honesty i can't remember much of the highlander movie.. think connery was supposed to be Spanish but had his usual accent.. as usual. For some reason it wasn't a movie that i've watched and rematched numerous times. Perhaps because it never got repeated on tv often. I remember watching some of the highlander tv episodes..and thought they were quite good, but again for some reason it never went into heavy repeat rotation like star trek or scg, so i canrt remember it as well. i need to watch again.

  • March 14, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    mighty boosh ...

    by Mugato5150

    inspired art direction? Really? The transitions between the past and present were inspired. Stuff of film school textbooks. The accents? Not really enough to justify a remake. The sword fights looked great to me, unless you're looking for a Duel of the Fates type thing. No, the one single movie stands on its own. I suppose the girls could have been hotter.

  • March 14, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler or Hugh Jackman For Macleod

    by Kal-EL84

    Those are my top picks for Connor Macleod! maybe someone like Liam Neeson for Ramirez. AND MEL GIBSON FOR KURGAN!!!!!!!!! =)

  • March 14, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Cool. That thing that rips off the chick's skin was fucked.

    by UltraTron

    Actually the thing with the axe in the latest resident evil movie should fight the silent hill triangle head thing

  • March 14, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry for calling your wife bloated warthog, heh heh heh

    by loafroaster

    Clancey Brown's still got it. Get him back as The Kurgan or GTFO.

  • March 14, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    My moms a McCleod...

    by KHjLL

  • Hell, he looks the part. But I really don't want to see the original redone, it was perfect. Now the sequels... yea, alot to redo there.

  • March 14, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Why does Bioshock have to cost so much

    by Phategod2

    Theres not a ton of CGI that has to be done to create a town from the 50's unerwater, you figures most of it can be done with practicle effects. I think the real money is in telling the story of how Rapture tore itself a part a prequel to the game. But I digress this movie will fail and fail hard like ALL the rest.

  • March 14, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Silent Hill did the best job of capturing the feel of the game.

    by Phategod2

    I remember playing SH3 think WTFand that the same thing I felt watching the movie.

  • March 14, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    BIOSHOCK...I think a R version of it would be great

    by DementedCaver

    If somebody could be fairly faithful to the source material and somehow make a good movie out of it..(it has great potential) I would love it. BTW...the first Resident Evil movie was pretty good.

  • March 14, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    It doesn't need to be R-rated, nor require a high price tag.

    by Shermdawg

    Having a Big Daddy drill a hole into some poor sap isn't that important on the grand scale of things and could still exist in a unrated dvd release. It just needs to be creepy and in the hands of someone that could get the most out of a limited budget. Someone like Brian Henson.

  • March 14, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    What is this thing that fills our dreams yet slips away from us?

    by Geekgasm

    Queen, yes. There's some epic for ya. Who wants to live forever? No one, when love must die.

  • March 14, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Bioshock doesnt need a huge budget but it does need a large one.

    by some dude

    Anyone saying that making Rapture with any respect to the games wont be expensive is fooling themselves. CG is expensive but its not like building large art deco sets that are surrounded by water would be much cheaper, hell could be more expensive. Not to mention I think it would need an R rating if they were to get the tone right. There is little humor and most of is chuckle worth at best. Its a very serious game dealing with some very very heavy themes.

  • March 14, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Just do it at an Aquarium!

    by and

    if the problem is the cost of the set. go to an aquarium with tube halls and put up some deco looking stuff around Then film the rest in real dilapidated old movie theaters. Jees Hollywood not every thing has to be a ground up set or cgi, do some location scouting. or Just go reuse some of the places used in boardwalk empire if your lazy. also can we replace killing girls by turning them into fish with biting their throat out and drinking their blood i think itd be a way more impactful way to show the main character going over the edge to get Adam

  • March 15, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Highlander reboot

    by xsikal

    I don't rea

  • March 15, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Highlander reboot

    by xsikal

    Fuck not being able to edit your posts. As I was trying to say, I don't think there's really a pressing need for a reboot, as the original film (and tv series) was pretty good. That said, if they are trying to wash out the taste of Highlander 2-4, well... yeah, that's a valid motivation. Those were really, really poor. To me, the Queen soundtrack is an integral part of that first movie though. At the very least, they could/should have a contemporary group cover some of the key songs for the reboot.

  • Also, you don't need to do it in an aquarium. Just build the tube halls and cg the outside.

  • March 15, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    More than likely they'd have the main character meet up with...

    by Shermdawg

    ...Tenenbaum after surviving the city for awhile on his own and he'd be put on a quest to rescue the Little Sisters while dealing with the Ryan/Fontaine storyline. She'd supply him with plasmids and the means to a way to obtain Adam.

  • March 15, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Why not...

    by Vitruvian_Man

    remake Highlander? It's a great flick, one of my favorites of all time. I named my son Connor. Anything can be ripe for a remake if done right. I don't like remaking something 10 years after it first came out (looks at you Spiderman), but this has aged and still has interest and possibilities. Casting? Damn that's tough, as is following up Queen's soundtrack. As much as I love Queen, a remake needs new, fresh music. Using old queen tunes won't help it. Well, maybe they keep "Who Wants to Live Forever", that shit can't be topped! Liam Neeson is just perfect for Ramirez. I can't think of anyone else who could follow Connery at this point. A. Hopkins may have been able to do that role 10 or 15 yrs ago, although we've seen that in Zoro. As for Connor, an unknown might be best. C. Lambert was pretty unknown when cast and got the part because of his funky eyes. But a known actor, okay maybe R. Gosling. Yeah he could do the quiet tortured soul as we've seen. The Kurgan is the hardest one to cast I think. Clancy OWNS that role. "Happy Halloween Ladies!" D. Johnson? NFW! That role needs a true actor who also casts a physical presence. Maybe they could change it up and make the Krugan a bit more of a sympathetic villain...a good person driven too a bad end. A more in-depth background of said villain would be required of course. There is a lot you COULD do with this franchise still. I'd love for them to remake this and take it to another level. I just don't think Hollywood has it in them to take a very good cult picture like Highlander and make it great. It will just turn into the next "Rollerball".

  • March 15, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Oh FUCK HIGHLANDER already

    by Jaster Mareel

    I'll never understand why that film is so overrrated. It's basically a shitty ripoff of The Terminator.

  • March 15, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    How about no Kurgan, no Ramirez

    by LeeMajors

    And a new story and characters instead.

  • March 15, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST


    by Joe Damiani

    Highlander a rip-off of Terminator? Immortal men and women living through history. Cyborgs from the future Sword fighting and beheadings gunfights and homemade dynamite protagonist depressed over losing everyone he loves, possibly suicidal protagonist obsessed over photo of woman he never met before, possible stalker yup, sounds exactly the same

  • may keep everyone happy.... although kinda brings a mockery to "there can only be one"

  • Keep the terror ... remove most of the gore and blood ... Could work ... maybe.

  • March 15, 2012, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Highlander should be about John MacLeod.

    by UMAGA

    Highlander 3 had the most obvious set up for a reboot. Connor MacLeod had an adopted son and it's always said immortals don't know who their parents are. Bring in Duncan MacLeod as his mentor. There's no fucking way they can remake it and recast The Kurgan. Clancy Brown did something special there.

  • March 15, 2012, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Here's why video game adaptions will never work...

    by bohdi71

    Video games are cinematic in nature, they are epic in scope, have great music, costumes and set designs and you control the main character. How can try and replicate it but it would have to be something special to top it...

  • March 15, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST


    by Rob Taylor

    Right... so you didn't notice my plan? lol First off, could you imagine the shitstorm if they use 9/11 as a plot point in a Highlander movie? 2nd Obi Wan McLeod vs The Rock cos he killed Clare Danes in the most generic plotted remake ever...

  • March 15, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    A Highlander remake is due to fail...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    ...for the very reason that the original is a cult film. I can see them putting a new spin on the story by casting a woman in the lead and appealing to the "Twilight/Sex And The City" demographic. Watch and be thoroughly bored as Daisy MacLeod endures an eternity of PMT and unrequited love.

  • March 15, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Connery was hammy?

    by JamesT

    Really? The sequels sucked and that goes for all of them but the original indeed a classic.

  • March 15, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    New Japanese Avengers trailer - Lots of new footage.

    by Fortunesfool

  • Queen did it first. And most likely, better.

  • March 15, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    This is sad. I'd love to see Bioshock on the big screen.

    by Rob Jenson

    Especially if Verbinski was involved. And an R rating too . . . That's the stuff that dreams are made out of.

  • The story's been told. Move on. Unless, that is, there really is some new and interesting vision that demands to be realized, this smacks more of Moritz's "cutting through the clutter" because it's a brand name. If some of the clutter consists of well-written, creative projects, pursue those.

  • March 15, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Who cares about Bioshock?

    by The Awfulism

    One of the few certainties in life is that every film based on a video game will be a piece of crap. Every. Single. One.

  • March 15, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Highlander hijinks

    by Mel Garga

    As a child I loved the movie. As an adult, I enjoy the concept more than the execution. For me, Lambert is the weak link. Clancy Brown and the Queen soundtrack are the highlights. This is also one of the few DVD commentaries I've bothered listening to. The self-congratulatory tone of the producers and director made it that much harder to listen to. I guess I don't have an issue with a remake. (It wouldn't make a difference if I did...) However, who appointed this guy to carry the torch?

  • March 15, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    the awfulism

    by Rob Jenson

    A few years ago we'd have said the same thing for a comic book movie.

  • March 15, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by The Awfulism

    Would we? Batman ('66), Superman the Movie and Flash Gordon rate pretty highly in my list of comic strip movies - if anything, comic films reached a highpoint decades ago and have been getting steadily worse ever since.

  • March 15, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Why make an inferior product out of Bioshock?

    by UltraTron

    Videogames are the superior entertainment consistently. The production values have been on par with film for years now. LA Noir will be known as the father of the next next generation of games. It is the greatest advance in the history of video games. The face tech in that game allows real actors to be transported into a virtual world for the first time. There is every nuance of the human condition expressed on each character. Known actors all through it and it's not just their likeness- they are IN the game. It's a revolution folks. After you play LA Noir look at any other one of the latest games and you will see that the characters are just puppet heads on sticks. Just mannequins. The lowliest background character in LA Noir is light years beyond ANY lead character in ANY other video game EVER made. Think about that. That's a big advance.

  • March 15, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST



    I'm glad you said it. Lambert's scottish accent was terrible. If anything he is the weak link in the film. Also I dont understand why an R rated film wont make money. ALL the people that bought and played BIOSHOCK are adults why make a film for someone who doesnt know wha it is?

  • March 15, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    And we want SOUL PATCH BACK!!!

    by wtriker1701

    He's GOT to be redeemed!

  • March 15, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Let's not forget NAKED MANDY!

    by wtriker1701

    And she could get naked well on the Big Screen!

  • March 15, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    And I want redemption for jumping talkbacks... I'M SORRY!

    by wtriker1701

    Please move on with your discussion about an unholy remake of HIGHLANDER!

  • March 15, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    loved Highlander

    by RG


  • March 15, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Highlander 2

    by pumaman

    was possibly worse than Battlefield Earth...and that is saying something

  • March 15, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    the awfulism

    by Rob Jenson

    Except for Donner's Superman, I'd have to disagree. But then, the 80s were awesome and are an exception in all things. TDK, Spidey 2, X2, Iron Man -- surely there has been no other era with a string of solid comic book movies. As for Flash, well, Flash is what Flash is. Insane camp. Fun but not what I'd call a high-water mark. Not aware of Batman '66 unless it's that campy one they did back then.

  • March 15, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Liam Neeson for Ramirez!!! BAD ASS with AWESOME VOICE = NO BRAINER!

    by theebluewolf

  • March 15, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    The 80's and movies..

    by pumaman

    Not too many to pick as my faves, but The Empire Strikes Back is at the top of the heap

  • March 15, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The new Kurgan could be....

    by pumaman

    Lou Ferrigno. I've heard he gives 110 % in everything he does...and yes...this is a joke reference to watching him kill a rooms atmosphere with his scary presence in Celebrity Apprentice on tv right now....truly awkward tv, but you just can't help watching....

  • March 15, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Casting does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Liam Neeson for Ramirez (I can't do better than that, he already played Ramirez in the first hour of BATMAN BEGINS!) Ray Stephenson as Kurgan. (You've got to have a 'big man' in this role. Physically) Statham as Connor. (okay I kid!! Connor will probably end up being played by girly boy Taylor Kitsch).

  • March 15, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    But the actual game part is weak, ultratron

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    Should we really care that games like Bayonetta or Shogun 2: Total War don't have the latest and greatest in facial capture? Or that superior adventure games like Beneath a Steel Sky or Full Throttle didn't have lifelike 3D graphics? No, because maybe it's about depth, challenge, interaction and reaction, and not pressing buttons to a movie like so many big budget games stress these days.

  • March 15, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Get Brian Blessed into this franchise and I might watch your shitty reboot

    by Mickster_Island

  • March 15, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    So, in a nutshell...

    by BiggusDickus

    Rather than go with something as amazingly original as Bioshock that would be fresh and intense, we're doing a remake of an of-it's-time classic that doesn't need remaking. And more than likely fucking it up. Gotta love Hollywood.

  • March 15, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Video Game to film is a step backwards.

    by Monolith_Jones

    Instead of starring in and experiencing the "movie" you'd rather just watch it?

  • March 15, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Brian Blessed

    by pumaman

    How the fuck Brian Blessed isn't a dwarf in The Hobbit is absolutely beyond me....

  • March 15, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Making a Bioshock movie makes no sen$e.

    by vetepalapinga

    The only people who would be interested in watching it played the game. They (we) know the twist at the end. What would be the point in watching it then?

  • March 15, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by Rob Taylor

    Do we really need Rent-A-Mentor (Liam Neeson), he's played that role to death as Jedi/A-Team/Ra's Al Ghul/Aslan... it's been done... If you're going to use the Ramirez character (I think it's a way to end the first movie with his introduction) then go with someone who can at least be a realistic conquistador/spaniard... Antonio Banderas would be good in the role...

  • March 15, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Rent-A-Mentor Hahahahaha! I like that... and you're probably right about Banderas perhaps excelling in the Ramirez role at this stage in his career.

  • I don't want to go.

  • March 15, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

    Why is there even a debate on this subject? It's a no-brainer!

  • March 15, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

    That problem is easily solved: Change the twist.

  • March 15, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    If I were in a room with someone remaking Highlander...

    by zol

    I'd choke the fucker to death with my belt, and I'd say: "ITS A KIND OF MAGIC YOU PEICE OF PREFABRICATED SHIT!!!" Thats how you handle motherfuckers like that.

  • March 15, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by vetepalapinga

    To what? Something so clever everyone will love it to death?

  • March 15, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    Why exactly does Bioshock need to be rated R?

    by Shermdawg

    A few f-bombs? A shot or two a Big Daddy messin' somebody up? The twist? We don't need to see the twist. As long as we hear it, and there's a close up of the club being used, or it being depicted through shadows on the wall, it would work well enough. Gore is not essential. An R-rating is too much of a gamble when you've got a probably Infinite adaptation waiting in the wings that's gonna need a much larger price tag.

  • March 15, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    shermdawg : spot on ... It just needs to scare.


    Rapture is a freaky place ... There is plenty enough going on without the need to see blood showering the walls.

  • March 15, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Greetingsh, Highlandah...

    by obijuanmartinez

  • March 15, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    You're a haggis!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • So much cool stuff, potential series traits & half finished concepts in H2 that get introduced, hinted at, not explained etc A Re-release Highlander in 3d would do just as well or better than a re-boot will do, every film apart from H2 has been a re-boot and done worse than the previous. They are immortals from another mystical planet at war over this power called the Quickening - that's what i'm talking about!! Highlander 1 : the prize - 3d re-release Highlander 2 : the quickening enhanced finished film version (with newly made scenes featuring Mr Lambert as only Mr Lambert can do the character) - 3d release/re-release. Highlander 3: The Three Suns New movie set on Zeist with pocupine henchmen, a race of cloud energy harvesters in the highlands, a three sun world where one of the suns, a purple one, no longer works and the quickening power terrorises the world, henchmen & tyrants taking everything over for a mystic cult that uses out of control quickening to justify it's rule terror in appeasement of changed dynamic of three suns, while hunting down and killing all till recent times, old time practioners of reverence to the quickening ( of which Ramirez was one of a vast old order that at one time provided peace & balance to all of Ziest) and of whom have a long held prophecy known to the masses, of a cloud harvester who would one day unite the mysteries of the purple sun to the quickening as in the legends of olden day Ziest. Maybe Lambert changes form, diff. actor while keeping same voice on Ziestian trilogy finisher, or use special effects, make up etc to make it work so he still able to be ageless immortal hero type similar to first two films.

  • March 16, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Make the Islander confined to a dark, rainy city

    by chien_sale

    Make the action be set in a never endingly dark rainy city like Seven with guys slashing each others in the street and a cop trying to stop them.

  • For me, those three films all sort of form this great trilogy of awesome and iconic mid-80's action/sci-fi/fantasy films. While not related by any one storyline or set of characters, they have this sort of dirty gritty feel that has never been replicated nor ever will be. Maybe throw in Escape From New York and The Running Man in there with these three as well. Now The Running Man would actually be one to redo since the original novel is very different from the Arnold classic.

  • March 16, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Bioshock would be fun to see if it was done right

    by lv_426

    Live action, they'd have to do something along the lines of what James Cameron did for The Abyss. A set and miniatures inside of a giant ass water tank dark enough to simulate an undersea environment. I actually think Bioshock could be interesting if done as a dark and serious animated film. I mean, the design of some of the stuff in the game is actually pretty stylized. Just look at the little sisters for example. Sorta cartoon-ish in a way. It just couldn't be turned into a family friendly computer animated film like Pixar or Dreamworks make.

  • March 16, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    No I don't think all games need it. Just games where you are supposed to interact and talk with a bunch of humans. Games like red dead redemption. Would like to see Rockstar release revamped editions of that and grand theft with that new face tech.

  • March 16, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I assume...

    by Flibbertygibbet

    they're going to avoid making Highlander a standalone film? If so, then maybe the prize needs to be rejigged. Was it ever really presented as anything other than a simple MacGuffin? Why are they immortal? What's the point of their existence? And if anyone even mentions Zeist, I swear to God...

  • March 16, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    I loved all those games you mentioned.

    by UltraTron

    Do you really mean to imply that LA Noire has weak gameplay? I play every game so maybe I'm getting my bashing people's head in fix from UFC 3 and my flying superhero fix from batman city at the moment. But my give a fuck and feel like I'm interacting with real people in a game fix is coming from LA Noire. And since it's never something that has ever existed before in video games- It's a cool fix. The people are more realistic than any talkbacker on this site for instance.

  • March 16, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    cast Thomas Jane as MacLeod

    by Clabog592

    He's always reminded me so much of Christopher Lambert. At least, physically

  • March 16, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Movies have been obsolete ever since Rockstar started making games.

    by menacingphantom

    Dumbest thing said on AICN so far this year?

  • March 16, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Ultratron - There IS a new Freddy Mercury

    by bobarhett

    His name is Marc Martel.

  • March 17, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Oh come on! Highlander was OK but it was hardly a classic...

    by ChickenStu

    I'll agree with you that the sequels smoked pole...

  • March 17, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    shermdawg , it needs to be R

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Because it's a sci-fi horror first and foremost. Imagine the first 'boss' in the game done without gore: So no dead bodies strung up hacked to pieces by a mad plastic surgeon. No people turned into dolls and statues in Fort Frolick. No close ups of Splicers grotesque faces. And you can forget even hearing a puppy's neck being snapped. no way they'd allow that in a lower rating. A big daddy 'drilling' someone is an iconic image of the franchise. It'd have to be in the movie somewhere. You are talking about a story concept that involves genetic manipulation and dissection. To me, that's like saying you can make a Dead Space movie without gore.

  • Most of the things you mention were such minor factors in my enjoyment of the game. When I think of Bioshock, the creepy setting, the music, the plasmids, and the Big Daddy/Little Sister tag team is what makes the property special. And while I respect your interests in the game, I just can't help but think that releasing an R-rated Bioshock would risk a potential franchise and exposing wider audience to the wonders of Rapture. Why do we need a 100% faithful adaptation to an experience we've already enjoyed? Especially if it would hurt its growth? We have our game. We can go back and play it at any time. All that really matters is if the movie is any good or not, and not some Paul W.S. Anderson level hackjob. Like I said, if they feel the need to go that route with the gore, there's the extended dvd option.

  • March 17, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    actually lv_426, Highlander is the perfect choice for a remake

    by chien_sale

    I love the first movie but it's far from perfect. Robocop now THAT was a perfect movie.

  • March 17, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Leave HIGHLANDER alone!

    by LordSoth

    The original film is iconic. All of the sequels sucked. Get some original ideas.

  • March 18, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Jean Dujardin as Andrew Ryan

    by flax

    I really don't mind if the BIOSHOCK film never gets made, as it's highly unlikely that it will do justice to the game. Recreating an interactive experience as a film would be a huge misstep; the only way it could possibly work would be to tell an original story set somewhere in the same universe as the game, while giving the game and its story space to stand alone. If they're going to do it, they'd better do it right.

  • March 18, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    shermdawg, I agree

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    the things you mention are the parts I love also, but it's setting and atmosphere is also repressive enough that it lends itself to the horror element all too well. I wouldn't see the need for the new Bioshock Infinity being hard-R though, as from the gameplay I've seen there is no horror element to speak of, as it's more overtly action-adventure although it certainly is dark.

  • March 18, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    BIOSHOCK does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    They want to keep the BIOSHOCK budget down? Simple. Get Jean Dujardin as Ryan, as flax says, and do the whole movie THE ARTIST style. Do it black and white. Like METROPOLIS. That way you can create massive model sets and use low grade CG because the high contrast and b&w look will obcure it so it doesn't have to be uber rendered. Also - how distinctive would that be. It would look awesome!

  • March 18, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I still prefer the tv series Highlander to the movies

    by oisin5199

    Duncan was a much better character, Paul was a much better actor. The show was pretty good for its time, until they screwed the pooch in its final season and made those abortion-like movies, though the Source made Endgame look like Shakespeare. But a good remake could start things over and erase what the franchise became. I just don't see a lot of longevity there. Only the rare film gets a sequel nowadays to continue the story. So I guess I really wish there was a rebooted series, instead of a movie.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Kurgan should maybe be..

    by Robert

    Tom Hardy...looks like he is about to become a superstar, he could maybe pull it off. MacLeod hmm, needs someone with a bit of presence, not too young either,but not a huge star maybe.. I thought Thomas Jane.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

    I haven't the first idea. I mean, the twist is also the whole theme of the game: free will. So that means they'll have to change the theme of the whole thing, too. OR, to stay on the safe side, maybe they should just stick with the game's twist. What they really need to do is call up Ken Levine and have him spitball some ideas or at least approve the script.

  • March 23, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    At this point

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    I wouldn't mind seeing it rotoscoped similar to A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life/etc.