Metal Gear Solid

A ton of major video games are currently being developed in Hollywood. Just recently, Watch Dogs got started, we saw test footage from Warcraft and heard about Gran Turismo coming to life. Looking back further, games based on Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect have been bubbling for several years. However, despite a few close calls, it doesn’t feel like any of them are closer to coming to the big screen.

That’s not the case, says producer Avi Arad. The man best known for producing the Spider-Man movies also has a big hand in producing those last three franchises. In a new interview, he offered up significant updates on them all. He says Uncharted will probably come first and that Metal Gear Solid is probably three years away. Though he’s had the Mass Effect rights since 2008, that one would likely come after the first two. Read More »

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

As writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have worked almost exclusively in comedy, from their days collaborating on Da Ali G Show to their new directorial effort This Is the End. But at least one person is hoping they’ll branch out.

Rogen revealed in an interview that Naughty Dog, the developer behind the Uncharted series, have repeatedly asked the pair to script the movie adaptation. However, they’ve always turned it down, and don’t sound much interested in it now, either. Find out why after the jump.

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Snyder Roven

Christopher Nolan and David Goyer aren’t the only people involved with Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel. Producer Charles Roven has been along for the long superhero ride, too. Roven, who produced all those films along with Three Kings, Twelve Monkeys and others, is one of the unheralded architects of Warner Bros. DC line-up.

We sat down with the producer (center, with director Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder) on the occasion of the Man of Steel release to talk about the film’s moral dilemmas, the level of destruction, challenges in effects, what the name “Christopher Nolan” meant to the marketing, as well as updates on films he’s attached to from Warcraft to Voltron and Uncharted. Read More »

The film adaptation of Sony’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is moving ahead with two new writers at the helm. Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, who co-wrote both National Treasure movies, have been tapped to rewrite the film which follows a treasure hunter named Nathan Drake on an epic adventure to find the lost treasure of El Dorado. Neil Burger was the latest director to be attached but, with Thursday’s news that he’s moved on to another project, he’s now off the video game adventure film. Read more after the jump. Read More »


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Nathan Drake, the star of the Uncharted games, is the video game Indiana Jones. He’s charming, he’s a bad-ass and he travels the world getting into ancient-themed adventures. In video game form, the Uncharted world was built to be cinematic and that’s why Hollywood has been trying to make a live action movie for a long time.

Unfortunately, that has yet to take place. But now anyone who wants to see these games as movies can do just that. Reddit user morphinapg edited the cinematic cut scenes from the PlayStation 3 games Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception each into their own individual movies clocking in at about two hours, three hours and three hours plus respectively. That’s an eight hour Uncharted trilogy that you can watch right now. Read More »

The development of a film version of Sony’s treasure-hunting action/adventure game series Uncharted has turned into a surprisingly thorny process. Original director David O. Russell decided to depart from many story elements as presented in the games, and wanted to cast Mark Wahlberg as lead character Nathan Drake. Neither of those ideas sat well with a vocal legion of fans. Ultimately they didn’t sit well with Sony, either, and David O. Russell departed the picture.

Not long ago Neil Burger (Limitless) signed to replace him, and is in the process of developing a new script. With the Limitless DVD hitting this week, Mr. Burger is doing a bit of press. In fielding questions about the film he hasn’t revealed much, but does say that an all-new script is being created, and that the game story is likely to be front and center. Read More »

Briefly: Sony has tapped a new director for the video game adaptation Uncharted. Neil Burger, whose most recent film is the Bradley Cooper sci-fi thriller Limitless, will now write and direct the action-adventure movie about treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Read More »


This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam wonder about the future of Akira and Uncharted, get psyched about David Fincher’s next film, and express their disgust for The Hangover: Part II. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from CinemaBlend.

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Yesterday when I wrote about David O. Russell leaving Sony’s Uncharted, I mused about the possibility of the eventual film hewing much closer to the original games than his script had planned. That script was only tangentially related to the game, as it featured a family that is “a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,” with the game’s hero, Nathan Drake, being one family member.

But when Mr. Russell left LionsGate’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the project carried on with the script he left behind. So I wondered if Sony would do the same with Uncharted. Now we know that the studio will go back to an earlier draft of the script and move forward from that. In other words: all the family stuff is definitely going away. More details follow. Read More »

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David O. Russell Quits ‘Uncharted’

Here’s something I expect many fans of the Uncharted video games will like: David O. Russell has quit the feature film adaptation of the game, leaving Sony looking for a new director. This is actually the second time we’ve reported that he wouldn’t make Uncharted. It was just over a year ago, in early May 2010, that the possibility he’d direct was reported, but in August we heard that negotiations couldn’t be worked out and he wouldn’t do the film. Then, in October, he was signed to write and direct. This time, the departure  seems like a final decision. What will this do to the cast? Read More »