Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
UPDATED: It seems that Joe Carnahan consulted with Amy Hennig (the head writer and creative director on the first three Uncharted games who is no longer with Naughty Dog) and Nolan North (the actor who plays Nathan Drake in the games) on the screenplay. Take from that what you will.
The original article follows below.
After years of wandering through the deserts of development hell, it’s starting to look like Sony’s Uncharted movie may become a reality. Shawn Levy is planning to direct, and Joe Carnahan has finished the screenplay, which he says will be R-rated and full of big, crazy action. However, there’s one group apparently not involved in the film at all: developer Naughty Dog, who oversaw the creation of the entire Uncharted video game series, has no idea what’s going on with the movie.
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Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Angie Han
After years and years of stops and starts, the Uncharted movie finally took a big leap forward last month when Joe Carnahan announced he’d finished his screenplay. The question now, then, is exactly what he turned in. After all, fans have been waiting forever to see this beloved property hit the big screen. Will Carnahan do the source material justice, or will Uncharted just become the latest victim to the video game curse?
Only time will tell, but in the meantime, it’s at least nice to hear that Carnahan is saying all the right things. In an interview, he described his Uncharted script as an R-rated affair with “four of the biggest, f***in’ craziest action sequences” of his career. Go on… Read More »
In Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey, a group of oil workers survive a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness and trek through the elements, dying one-by-one as they’re torn to pieces by wolves or simply lose the will to live. It’s a fine metaphor for Sony’s long-gestating adaptation of the Uncharted video game series, which has been in development since 2009 and has burned through more writers, directors, and release dates than I care to include in this sentence. So it’s only natural that Carnahan, whose movies often broken people battling impossible odds, would take over screenwriting duties. He knows a thing or two about winning a war of attrition.
But let’s press pause on that metaphor get to the real news here: Carnahan has apparently finished the Uncharted screenplay and he took to social media to celebrate.
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Uncharted fans have some ideas for who they’d like to see play the video game series’ beloved hero, Nathan Drake. A fan once even approached David O. Russell (Three Kings), a multiple Academy Award nominee, to tell him who he thought should play the explorer and treasure hunter. Some fans have more restraint than that, and Uncharted‘s new director, Shawn Levy, is aware of who those fans want to see as Nathan Drake — but that’s not going to influence his decision, as it shouldn’t.
Below, Levy discusses looking for his Uncharted star.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The long-gestating film adaptation of the popular (and for good reason) Uncharted video game series has been a revolving door of talent for years now. Cycle through the /Film archives and you’ll find writers and directors boarding and exiting the project with a frequency that boggles the mind. Despite its inherently cinematic premise, Uncharted has proven itself to be a tough nut to crack.
But maybe this is the point where things start to look up! Maybe this is the point in the timeline where Uncharted stops shuffling around development hell and starts to take shape! And if so, the timing couldn’t be better, because screenwriter Joe Carnahan is saying all of the right things about what he’s trying to do with his script.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
After a long and rocky path through development, Sony’s long-gestating Uncharted movie is now taking a big leap forward. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) has just been set to direct the video game adaptation, replacing Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) who departed last year. Joe Carnahan wrote the latest draft of the script. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In the least surprising movie news you’ll read this week, Sony has removed the long-gestating film adaptation of the hugely popular Uncharted video game from their schedule. That June 30, 2017 release date has felt unlikely for some time, so this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, especially since new talent was just brought hired to beat this movie into shape a month ago.
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Many brave souls have set out to make a film adaptation of the popular video game series Uncharted, and each of them has fallen by the wayside. To put it in terms that those who have played the games will understand, a number of writers and directors have tried to pillage this particular ancient city, only to be repelled by a bunch of irritating blue guys. Uncharted is already cinematic and character-driven in game form (it’s essentially a modern Indiana Jones riff!), but it’s been taking filmmakers out of the picture left and right.
The latest creative to bravely volunteer for Uncharted duty is Joe Carnahan, who has been brought on to write (but not direct) the project. Does anyone want to make a wager about if he’ll come out of the jungle alive?
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Few developers make video games as inherently cinematic as Naughty Dog. The Uncharted series is the closest the electronic gaming medium has ever come to reaching the pulpy heights of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Last of Us is one of the best games I’ve ever played, a terrifying post-apocalyptic tale that poses a number of difficult questions without offering easy answers. These are smart, character-driven games filled with exciting action beats and powered by stories that carry weight. In the right hands, they’d make for great movies.
But both of these games have had a rough go in the Hollywood landscape and the latest piece of news isn’t going to make fans feel any better about these cinematic adaptations. Uncharted is still charging toward a release date without a compass and The Last of Us appears to be dead in the water.
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Sony dated two Bad Boys sequels today, but those flags weren’t the only ones planted by the studio. There’s also the Dark Tower release plan, and a date for a new Jumanji movie, too. And that isn’t all.
Sony has set 2016 dates for Passengers, Underworld 5, and The Magnificent 7, and also set up spots in 2017 for Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, and the new Resident Evil movie, along with a new Uncharted movie release date. Check out the whole upcoming Sony films calendar below. Read More »