And while we all wait on Hollywood to produce something original, here’s a bit of news concerning yet another video game that may end up as a big screen production. This time around, it’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. If you haven’t played the game, it’s your basic treasure-hunting, Indiana Jones-styled game featuring the main character, Nathan Drake, out looking for the lost riches of El Dorado.
This one has been sitting on the shelf for a while and key crew keep rotating through the project every time it stalls or they happen to find better work. The recent loss was that of director Neil Burger, who was also supposed to be handling the scriptwriting portion of the workload.
In order to keep the project going, new writers have been brought on board to retool the script. Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, perhaps best known for writing both National Treasure films, will be taking a shot at it. They may not be known for crafting the best films in the world, but they seem to have a talent for actiony goodness in the family-friendly vein that could work for Uncharted. Not to mention that it’s pretty much 50 percent National Treasure anyways, so it won’t be too much of a stretch for them.
Following the new script, Sony will be looking to snatch up a new director to replace Burger. With any luck, Uncharted may yet make it to production and, if they can make it worth a watch, Sony might have something worthy of some franchise dollars to replicate over the next 20 years.
Any Uncharted fans out there that wanna chime in on this one? Worth trying to make into a movie, or just leave it well enough alone?
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.