John Logan, who earned Oscar nominations for The Aviator and Gladiator, adapted the screenplay. The game requires players to assume the role of a crash survivor who must navigate his way through a dystopian underwater world called Rapture. Verbinski will direct and produce.
'Gore has a innate sense of what thrills and entertains audiences around the world and an unmatched ability to navigate genres and talent that elevates any film he's on with peerless imagination and craftsmanship,' Universal co-chairman David Linde said.
'He resides among a very rare class of film-maker and is coming to Universal at a time when every conceivable option in the industry was available to him. We couldn't be more gratified to welcome him to our studio.'
Verbinski praised Universal's 'genuine passion for film-making' and said he was looking forward to stepping up his activities as producer 'by building a brand that will focus on my core business while synergising multiple forms of entertainment.'