In a recent interview with comingsoon.net director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) talked a little bit about The Lone Ranger, which he's attached to direct, and the Bioshock movie, which he was going to directed, but fell apart.
Here's a little description of what Verbinski had to say about The Lone Ranger indicating that Johnny Depp's Tonto will be the main character in the film:
It's sort of 'Don Quixote' told from Sancho Panza's point of view, But it's coming along really great...[It] wouldn't shoot until next year, probably, because Johnny's doing 'Dark Shadows.'
As for what project he will take on between now and The Lone Ranger...
I don't know, honestly. I have quite a few options. If you ask me that question in three weeks, I can probably answer it, but there's too many things that are conflicting schedules and I still have to factor availabilities and everything else. So whatever I tell you will be wrong in two days.
It will be interesting to see what he ends up directing next. But for those of you wondering what is going on with the big screen adaptation of Bioshock, here's his explination of what he wanted to do with it, and why it failed.
I couldn't really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating. Alternately, I wasn't really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you're still shivering and going, "Jesus Christ!"... It's a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn't have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.
It really sucks that we'll never see this hardcore 'R' rated version of the Bioshock. The film version he described is the version the fans of the game want to see! So if it ever happens, the studio will make sure we get the watered down PG-13 version. That's sad. He goes on to explain,
[Bioshock] would be a great movie to do in 3D. I'd like to go into that world wearing a pair of glasses. I think in general, gaming is perfect for 3D. Anything where you're the protagonist. The kid in 'The Shining' on the big wheel, going around corridors. That's what 3D is perfect for. To make people feel on-edge.
What do you all think about what Verbinski had to say about The Lone Ranger and Bioshock?