We’ve already been burnt once this year by video game adaptations thanks to Justin Kurzel’s rambunctious yet ultimately vapid Assassin’s Creed, and the track record in video game-to-movie history remains rather poor. It seems like every year there’s a new video game movie claiming to finally have the goods to create a fan-servicing, faithful adaptation for the big screen. Here’s 2017’s version.
Screenwriter, Joe Carnahan, revealed via his Instagram that the script for the Uncharted movie is complete, and apparently, it’s rather good: “Done and Dusted. Now the REAL work begins. If there’s a more monstrously cool action script in Hollywood right now, I wanna read it, ‘cuz this thing is a BEAST”.
This is naturally exciting news for all Uncharted fans, though Carnahan is hardly the first screenwriter to be proud of their own work. He’s saying all the right things, though; “monstrously cool action” is possibly the description you’d get from an Uncharted fan if you asked them to describe the series in three words or less (“Indiana Jones with less whips” would have been the five word answer).
A script for Uncharted has long been stuck in development hell but perhaps this is finally it’s ticket out. Carnahan won’t be handling the directing duties, though, as he’s decided instead to take the helm of Bad Boys For Life. Instead, Shawn Levy (Night At The Museum, Date Night, Real Steel) will direct, while the hunt for the role of Nathan Drake remains ongoing.
The film was originally set for a September release, but now looks more likely to be heading our way in 2018. Fans will be hoping it can turn into the full blown franchise they’ve been clamouring for.