Much like one of Nathan Drake's adventures, the quest to transport the famed video game character to the silver screen has been a bumpy ride.
The Uncharted movie has been gestating in Hollywood since 2009 and a ton of people have been assigned to the big-screen adaptation since then, most of whom have left. Directors Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief), Neil Burger (Divergent, Limitless) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) all abandoned the project after it failed to make any progress.
And speaking of progress, it still isn't making any.
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Uncharted Movie Removed From Sony's Release Schedule
The Uncharted movie was slated for release on June 30, 2017. However, as ComingSoon uncovered, the project has since been removed from Sony's release schedule. The despair on Drake's face matches that of my own. *sigh*
Based on the action-adventure video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the film is supposed to follow the game's plotline quite closely. This Indiana-Jones-esque adventure would see Drake and his buddies bound across the globe in search of the fabled El Dorado, the South American golden city. Along the way they encounter some mutated Spaniards, other devoted treasure hunters and Nazis, obviously.
Sony have hired numerous writers in order to transfer this epic to the screen. Seriously, the names that have been attached to this project, guys. Academy Award-winning writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker) wrote a draft, as did Doctor Strange's Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Safe House's David Guggenheim, and, rather appropriately, Cormac and Marianna Wibberley who brought National Treasure to life also worked on the project.
But none of them could bring the project to fruition.
In terms of Naughty Dog's involvement, director of Uncharted 4 Neil Druckmann spoke about their limited communication with Sony:
“Every once in a while they’ll come in and they’ll present to us: here’s the script, here’s what we’re thinking. We’ll tell them what we think works, what we think doesn’t work,” said Druckmann, adding that the most important element for them is that the relationship between Nate, Elena, and Sully is just right.
“If you don’t get that right, I don’t think the film’s going to work. If you get that core right, there’s a chance it could work.”
Will they make it work?
At least the film's current writer, Joe Carnahan liked the opening of the script!