After seven years of damnation in development hell, plus three years without any news, the film adaption of Uncharted is finally underway.
For readers unfamiliar with Uncharted, it’s a Playstation-based video game series. The series revolves around Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who travels around the world collecting occult, pseudo-scientific treasures. Sound familiar? Well, despite its similarities to a certain fedora-wearing archaeologist, the series has made a name for itself, boasting scores ranging between 88 and 96 and it’s second installment; Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the highest rated game of 2009.
Naturally you can see why fans are hesitant for a movie.
As is the case for almost every game, TV or comic book-based film, devoted fans are quick to light the (figurative) torches and sharpen the pitchforks. With the movie/video game curse still unbroken, who can blame them? Almost every film based on a video game has turned out to be a flop, a critical disappointment, or both. This year’s Warcraft was the highest grossing video game-based film (grossing $433 million worldwide) but was still considered a financial disappointment regardless.
The announcement regarding the film’s development comes after reports that the film had been removed from Sony’s release schedule. These guys can’t make up their minds, can they? And while the details on the film are sketchy right now, here are three things we know for sure:
- Shawn Levy (Night At The Mueseum and Stranger Things) will be the director.
- Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist) will be in charge of writing.
- Actors Mark Wahlberg and Nathan Fillion are being eyed for the role of Nathan Drake. Wahlberg said that he was cast as Drake back in 2010, but hasn’t said a word about it since.
Uncharted is hugely popular and another popular series, Assassin’s Creed is also getting its very own adaption in January 2017. Could these two heavyweights finally break the video game movie curse? Here’s hoping they can!