I think I’ve given up all hope of there being an excellent video game movie. Last year provided some decent entertainment in Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, but neither really lived up to their potential and left viewers feeling a little underwhelmed. Studios are not going to stop trying though and with the Uncharted film, they are certainly trying to talk it up. I’m doing my best not to fall for their evil traps, but it is hard to not get hyped for it when I keep on hearing good things.
After many years of stalled development, the Uncharted movie finally found traction when the right man in the ever-busy Joe Carnahan picked up as sort of a passion project and hasn’t stopped hyping it since. While he is not directing the film, as Shawn Levy will instead be taking over the direction of the film. However Carnahan wrote the script and is still incredible excited for what he is in store for the audience, as he shared in a recent interview with Coming Soon:
[“Raiders of the Lost Ark”] is still arguably my favorite movie of all-time, but it was necessary to create those distinctions. I think Amy Hennig did it when she wrote the game. She made Drake very much an anti-Indiana Jones, you know? Don’t forget, for that first game after that pirate attack, Drake and Sully leave Elena behind, they dump her. Indiana Jones would never do something like that. That’s a rogue act, so she was declaring very early on who that guy was. He was not Jones, he was not to be confused with that guy.
I probably wrote four of the biggest, f***in’ craziest action sequences I think I’ve ever written in that movie. I used the “Uncharted” games as a template but not using any one specifically, because those sequences have already been done beautifully. There’s no point in just transposing them to film, you’ve gotta come up with new sh*t, so that’s what I did. It was a great challenge but it was a lot of fun.
Carnahan has spoken before about how he doesn’t want the movie to just be another Indiana Jones film. He wants the film to have a very different feel, more in line with the character in the game. I hope that the end result of the scenes in his script are portrayed successfully onto the big screen and that the end result truly is some jaw-dropping action sequences that live up to the impressive sequences found in the games.
The Uncharted series tells the kind of stories that would work well in a movie and in Nathan Drake, you have a strong lead character that could make it all work. I know I’ll probably be disappointed at the end result of this movie anyway, but I’m increasingly getting excited.