Maybe Gore Verbinski should've stayed above the water, not below it.
Verbinski, director of the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, has run into budget problems with undersea adventure "Bioshock," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film's estimated cost ballooned to near $160 million, prompting Universal Pictures to shut down pre-production until costs can be cut.
"We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit," Verbinski said in a statement. "We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern."
The "Bioshock" video game follows the player, a mysterious stranger, who finds himself stranded in an Ayn Rand-inspired undersea city called Rapture. While there, the protagonist must learn the truth about his identity while fighting through crazed, super-powered former residents.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun