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Hollywood halts BioShock movie

Rapture film is on "holding pattern" after budget disputes

Universal Pictures has halted production on its live-action movie adaptation of BioShock.

The film, due to be directed by Pirates of the Caribbean head Gore Verbinski, was in pre-production, but the studio has halted work after disputes over its costly budget emerged between the director and studio.

The flick, which had script penned by Gladiator man John Logan, was gearing up to shoot in Los Angeles but ground to a halt after its budget rose to $160 million, Variety reports.

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"We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit," director Verbinski revealed. "We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern."

But it's not all bad news by the looks of it, as Verbinski - who turned down directing Pirates of the Caribbean 4 to direct BioShock - says he's determined to make the pic and alternatives, such as shooting in London, are being considered to drag down costs.

Hopefully this won't be another Halo.