Remember when video game movies used to be awesome? Yeah, neither do we.

So, when we first heard in 2008 that Gore Verbinski was onboard to direct one of the best video games of the past decade, if not all time, we got excited. A great story, an unforgettably epic and terrifying atmosphere, and one of the best twists in video game history, 'Bioshock' had the potential to break the cycle of awfulness that started with 'Super Mario Bros.' and soldiers on with a 'Resident Evil' series that just refuses to die. But then Verbinski dropped out in 2009 due to budget concerns and a supposed tiff over his not being allowed to make it an R-rated movie, and there hasn't been much word on the subject since.

If you haven't been so fortunate as to play the game, 'Bioshock' is a first-person shooter that centers around an amnesiac named Jack who stumbles upon the fictional underwater city of Rapture after his plane crashes in the ocean. Once inside, he finds himself having to shoot his way through hordes of mutated freaks and jacked-up juggernauts while discovering his own identity and saving or sacrificing demonic little girls along the way. In a nutshell, it's like an Ayn Rand novel mixed with 'Doom.'

As much as we enjoyed playing 'Bioshock 2' and can't freaking wait for 'Bioshock Infinite,' we are very sad this movie is still putzing around in limbo. The latest update on the matter comes from the creative director of the game's creator, Irrational Games, where he kinda sorta said something about when and if 'Bioshock' will ever make it to the big screen.

Hit the jump to see what he had to say. lockquote> I think for us as a company, we don't have any need to get a movie made. We'd like to have a movie made, but it would have to be the right one, and we've had the opportunity to get it made and unless all the right pieces are in place -- it's hard enough to get a movie made when all the right pieces are in place. If you don't start with the right pieces, you don't have a prayer. We've had a lot of great talks with great people about it. We got close to great people, but you always have to have all of those pieces in place and that's going to be very challenging. It's a moving puzzle, but I'm going to be continually talking to people about it. It's definitely something that's still in the conversation. Well, on the one hand, that cleared up absolutely nothing. On the other, the project isn't completely dead and at least they're still thinking about it. A damn shame considering how much promise this has going for it and what a hit it would undoubtedly be, but hey, at least there's still the games.

What do you think: Still holding out hope, or is this thing going the way of 'Halo'?

[via CinemaBlend]
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