However, in 2009 the film's director Gore Verbinksi stepped down as 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo took the reins on the project. Verbinski later said that his idea for the film never got off the ground because no one would fund the stark, R-rated vision that he had for a big-screen rendition of Rapture's massive undersea dystopia.
Fresnadillo has now told IndieWire that he is no longer working on the film, and admitted that an agreement over the budget for the movie has still not been reached.
"To be honest, by now, Iím completely out of that, and developing other stuff," he said. "Right now it's on hold. The studio and the videogame company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating."
Gamasutra has contacted 2K to find out what the next step for the movie is, and whether a new director has been found to replace Fresnadillo.