If there’s a video game franchise that epitomizes the so-called “curse” in adapting these games to movies, it’s Uncharted. The globe-trotting adventures of Nathan Drake are ideally constructed to make for an easy transfer from consoles to cinemas as Hollywood has a long tradition of movie heroes chasing MacGuffins from one location to the next. But seven years after Uncharted was first optioned by Sony Pictures, it’s been stuck in development hell as a rotating door of creators and actors have passed through and back out again. So what are they going to do now? Bring in another new creator of course, this time in the person of Joe Carnahan.
The director of Narc, Smoking Aces, The A-Team, and The Grey has officially signed on as writer of Uncharted and said the following on Twitter:
I wanna get with @Naughty_Dog & make sure we line things up creatively on “Uncharted”. Hugely important to me. Gotta make creators happy.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 30, 2016
Currently, Caranahan is only attached to write Uncharted; his directorial dance card is full with shooting on Bad Boys 3 expected to start early next year. As for his take on Uncharted, he told Variety, “Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how a piece got there to begin with,” he said. “Plus, the property itself is so popular that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to work on it.”
David O. Russell (American Hustle), Neil Burger (Divergent), and Seth Gordon (Pixels) have all been previously attached to Uncharted, while actors Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt and Brett Dalton have all been attached to the role of Drake at various points along the way. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were also once attached as writers, even though they denied that they had been approached. It’s interesting to note that this film was once scheduled for release on June 24 of this year before creative differences forced Gordon off the project. Last August, Sony pushed the release date back to June 30, 2017, but it seems pretty unlikely that Uncharted will be written, show and released in the next 11 months.
We’ll keep you updated with future developments on Uncharted.
Source: Screen Rant