New director set for UNCHARTED movie adaptation – again

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January 29th, 2011 @ 19:11:28

We’ve known about the planned Uncharted movie for a long time now. Development of the feature film adaptation of the Playstation video game series has certainly had its share of turmoil and fluctuations in getting made. It’s been in the works for years and seems to be troubling Sony Pictures in exactly how to go about making the film. Or perhaps the fan pressure is getting to them. After all, Nathan drake is one of the most beloved video game characters in recent years.

The movie adaptation of the popular game franchise is obviously highly anticipated as, unlike many other games, it’s one that actually makes a lot of sense as a movie and its narrative could certainly work. Whether that would make it any good and finally give us that defining video game movie remains to be seen.

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And we have more news on the plot that is Uncharted movie development from Deadline. This time with a change of the director’s chair. Yes, another one. We’ve previously heard that Joe Carnahan was set to direct the film, but he is instead going to continue focusing in the studios Bad Boys For Life film instead and they are now getting Shawn Levy to step into the director’s chair. Carnahan’s work is not all lost though, as he completed work on a draft script before moving aside, so we may still see some of his initial vision make it to the final film.

As to what game story the film will follow or whether it will offer a unique take on the character we don’t know. News on any potential plot has always been a closely guarded secret by the studio, which makes sense, but hopefully it’s not because they don’t actually know what to do with the character. They could easily retell the game story starting with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune as the origin story, but will fans want to really see a movie story of something they’ve already seen? I guess fans will complain either way, so it is a tough position to be in. They can do a straight remake and be told they lack creativity or do something fresh and potentially upset all the mythology and lore already established in the games.

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And as for Levy, I also find him a very different director to Carnahan, with his most recent work on Night of the Museum having a more comedic angle than what this film is likely to have. However, considering the game’s more Teen oriented ratings he might be the perfect person to pitch this at a more PG-13 audience. He has also been successful in handling a complete franchise, which is no doubt what the studio will want with this film. There is hope this movie should at least be fun, even if not a masterpiece that fans will no doubt have their expectations set on.

Below is the trailer from the latest Uncharted game, Unchartered 4: A Thief’s End to get an idea of what fans might be hoping to see when this film eventually gets made:

Last Updated: October 27, 2016

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be out changing the world, but I'd rather be running, watching movies, playing games and writing here instead.

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