At one point, Universal was going to move forward with a reported $200 million adaptation of “Bioshock”. “The Lone Ranger: helmer Gore Verbinski was on board and was looking to make a “hard R” rated horror film. What went wrong?

“Watchmen”. Ken Levine had this to say to Edge Online: “There was a deal in place and it was actually in production at Universal, and Gore Verbinski was directing it. And what happened was — this is my theory — it’s a very big movie and Gore was very excited about it and he wanted to make a very dark, what he would call a ‘hard-rated’ horror film — an R-rated film with a lot of blood. Then “Watchmen” came out — and I really liked “Watchmen” — but it didn’t do well for whatever reason and the studio got cold feet about making an R-rated $200 million film.”

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