Variety reports that Universal Pictures is in negotiations with 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo over the position of director for the BioShock adaptation. The project was originally to be directed by Gore Verbinski, who remains a producer on the title, and who set aside plans to direct a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie for BioShock. According to Variety, Verbinski opted out of BioShock due to the studio's decision to move production overseas.
Take-Two still has the right to approve a director for the adaptation. While the company must have been pleased with a big name like Verbinski attached to the project, it may also be pleased with the undoubtedly lower cost of a non-Verbinski.