Uncharted movie action scenes to use the game as a template

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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.

Last Updated: February 24, 2017

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Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

  • Lu

    Cautiously optimistic about this.

    And as for a great video game film, check out Halo: Legends. While being a collection of short films (similar to the Animatrix) instead of a single drawn out one (like the other horrible attempts at Halo movies), it’s definitely worth the watch.

    • Original Heretic

      Halo: Legends was awesome. Very awesome.

      • Lu

        The Arbiter short was insane.

        • Original Heretic

          Ever see the Forward Unto Dawn series? That’s was also pretty damn awesome.

          • Lu

            I watched the movie release. Perhaps it had some stuff cut out because I found it a bit lacking. Will see if I can get hold of the series

  • Original Heretic

    As someone who’s just played through the Uncharted Collection and is busy with U4, I am currently rather intimately familiar with the action sequences in these games. And damn, they are spectacular.
    I just hope they don’t borrow TOO much inspiration from those in Uncharted 2. With all the beating up Nate took in that game, it was amazing that he wasn’t dead or in a wheelchair. No human can take THAT much punishment and still walk around, let alone climb ancient ruins while shooting bad guys.

  • cloudzn

    Sorry but after Joe Carnahan ruined the A Team movie , i dont think he will do this movie justice

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