In yet another great attempt to produce a video game movie that doesn’t suck, the folks at Sony are the road to bringing Uncharted to life. It’s been a hard ride, however, and several names have flipped through the director’s chair before Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) finally settled his butt there. Now, after all the delays and reshuffling, it looks like Gordon is ready to commit to a timetable regarding the shooting of the flick. Scroll on to see what he had to say about the film, from casting a lead actor to keeping in line with the story of the original games.
The project itself has been on and off the table since 2008, only recently making serious headway. And according to Gordon, he’s looking at a 2015 start date to begin the official film process. Or, in his words:
“I think very early next year. That’s the plan. That’s like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for the movie.”
So that looks to be good news. But you may be asking yourself, “Wait a minute! This movie’s been delayed so many times, how do I know that it won’t happen again?” Well, aside from Gordon being pretty intent on making the film, the timing appears to have been blessed by the gods. Gordon is happy with the script and the Uncharted video game franchise is launching Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End in the near future, which is a perfect opportunity to synergize the releases and bring in a few extra bucks.
Gordon also went on to discuss other things, such as the casting of the lead character, Nathan Drake:
“I want it to be a great actor. That’s number one, and then if it’s someone who has an actual jaw, that’s even better. The game is so well done that you need it to live up to that. There’s no way we’d do the inverse of that where it’s somebody famous who can’t [act].”
Previously, Mark Wahlberg was in line to play the lead, but that has since fallen through. Who shall take up the mantle of Drake in the future remains to be seen.
As for what to expect from the movie version of this popular game series, Gordon had little to say on the matter other than just enough to whet our appetites:
“It’s going to honor the mythology of the game, but I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there. There’s some stuff that isn’t in the game.”
“I love the complexity and frankly the sophistication of the storytelling in the game, and we aspire to that — but don’t want to tell the exact same story, of course — so something that doesn’t break the rules of what it did but expands. Because I feel like the people who play the games and know them well don’t want to just see the same story told. You want extra shades.”
At least we know that Gordon is looking at this in the right way. It doesn’t do well to just copy the story of the game, but fans of the series are going to want something familiar to look at. If he can achieve the proper balance of loyalty and originality, we might have a winner on our hands. And if he can get a decent lead actor, of course.
The Uncharted franchise has been around since 2007 and is still running strong. Boasting several games and a comic book series, the developers of the franchise have done well thus far. Gordon has proven himself to be a talented director in the past, at least talented enough to entertain audiences, though he also happens to be primarily a comedy director. Whether his style will translate over to Uncharted in a way that highlights the strengths of the story, however… only time will tell.