King of Kong/Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon recently talked with press about The Goldbergs (the 1980-something-set sitcom he produces and sometimes directs) and revealed some information about the Uncharted movie adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune which he is set to direct. Find out new details about the movie including when the Uncharted movie begins production, after the jumpe
Director/producer Seth Gordon told Zap2It that his screenwriters have “just got the script to a really good place” and that he thinks “very early next year” is when shooting will begin on the video game adaptation.
“That’s the plan,” said Gordon. “That’s like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for the movie.”
However, it still doesn’t sound like a date has been officially finalized. Gordon also reveals that the latest Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune script isn’t a complete rehash of the story from the games.
“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.”
The filmmaker said that the setting of the movie will be “very international” and take us “all over the world.” Last we heard, Gordon was working with David Guggenheim (Safe House) on his version. I read an earlier draft when David O’Russell was developing the project, and the swashbuckling comedy and complex Rube Goldberg-style action was a perfect adaptation of the game. I hope that Seth Gordon can nail this one and elevate it from just a more comedic version of Indiana Jones.
Back in June 2009, Sony hired screenwriter Kyle Ward to pen an adaptation, but Ward’s deal fell apart. Sony then went to the writing team Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose screenwriting credits include Sahara and the Marcus Nispel remake of Conan. David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter) came on board to direct with Mark Wahlberg interested to play Drake and Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci rumored to be in talks to possibly play Drake’s father and uncle. Russell later quit the project and Neil Burger was brought on to try to bring the game to the big screen. National Treasure screenwriters The Wibberleys were brought on to work on the script.
Uncharted was explicitly designed to have the quality of a summer adventure film, making it perfect for a big screen movie adaptation. The story features Nate Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. In the video game, Nate is shadowed by journalist Elena Fisher as he searches for the coffin of his forefather. When found, the object contains a diary that seems to point to El Dorado, and Nate and Elena are soon involved in a run and gun tale featuring pirates, lost gold and mutant humans. For an idea of the game’s tone, here’s the trailer for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.