The film adaptation of 2K Games' first-person shooter BioShock has lost director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, according to a GameSpot report.
"To be honest, by now, I'm completely out of that, and developing other stuff," Fresnadillo told the site at a press junket for his new film Intruders. "Right now it’s on hold. The studio and the video game company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating."
Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intact) took on the role as the BioShock director after Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski moved to a producer role. The film adaption was announced in 2008, with Verbinski named as director. Production was halted the following year over concerns that the project's budget hitting $160 million. Verbinski said last year that the BioShock movie's budget would only be approved for a PG-13 take on the material. It was a compromise that he said was unacceptable.
Last November creator Ken Levine said that a BioShock movie needed to give seasoned fans familiar elements and those unfamiliar with the game franchise and idea of what it was all about.
For now the film seems to be stuck in limbo.