‘Safe House’ Writer in Talks to Script ‘Bad Boys 3′; Rewrote ‘Uncharted’ Movie

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Bad Boys 3 is the third chapter in director Michael Bay’s buddy-cop franchise (starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence), whereas Uncharted is a movie based on video game developer Naughty Dog’s globe-trotting adventure series. The two might not seem to have much in common on the surface (besides having wiseacre protagonists, perhaps) yet both are projects that Sony Pictures has been trying – and failing – to get off the ground for some time now.

We learned earlier this year that screenwriters Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (the National Treasure movies) are working on a new script draft for the Uncharted movie, now that the previous drafts by filmmakers Neil Burger (Divergent) and David O. Russell (American Hustle) have been abandoned. Meanwhile, producer Jerry Bruckheimer let it be known a couple months back that he’s lending a helping hand on the Bad Boys 3 development process.

Deadline is reporting that screenwriter David Guggenheim (Safe House) penned the most recent Uncharted script draft, but is now in the midst of “early talks” with Sony for him to write the Bad Boys 3 screenplay. Neither of these projects have directors onboard for the time being, as Uncharted has been without a helmer since Burger stepped away.

As for Bay: he is currently preoccupied with post-production on Transformers: Age of Extinction – for a Summer 2014 release date – but, in the past, Bay has indicated that he would be more than happy to reunite with Smith and Lawrence for a third round of cops-gone-wild.

Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan in Uncharted Safe House Writer in Talks to Script Bad Boys 3; Rewrote Uncharted Movie

Guggenheim cut his teeth as a writer on the standard, but otherwise effective, politically-minded action/thriller Safe House (read our review); he also has writing projects like the developing drug-smuggling thrill ride Narco-Sub arriving in the future.

What’s curious about his involvement with both Uncharted and Bad Boys 3 is that (so far) Guggenheim has been pigeon-holed as someone who develops straight-faced B-movies, whereas the two properties in question blend a fair amount of humor and winking jokes into the genre proceedings (hence, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been pursued to write an Uncharted script). Moreover, the movies’ respective genres – jungle-crusading adventure and buddy action – tend to be played more for nostalgic effect, nowadays.

On the other hand, maybe a more serious approach is what’s needed for Uncharted to stand apart from the Indiana Jones and/or National Treasure franchises; likewise, Sony executive might feel that Bad Boys 3 ought to be a little (you know what’s coming next…) grittier than the sequel, which released ten years ago.

Problem is, wouldn’t that also cause these properties to lose some of their fun and appeal (in this – for now – purely theoretical scenario)? Let us know your thoughts and feelings about these films in the comments section.


We’ll keep you posted on Bad Boys 3 and Uncharted as more information is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Because the first two were soo good.

    S**t just got real.

  2. I don’t get the hate people have for Bad Boys 2, it was a ridiculous amount fun!
    One of the best times I had in a full cinema.
    Bad Boys 3 is long overdue.

    I’m cautiously optimistic about an Uncharted movie as long as Marky Mark won’t play Nathan Drake.
    Nathan Fillion would be a nice choice but he would have to lose weight/gain muscle, he gained quite a bit since S1 of Castle.

    • I agree the BB films are just fun and goofy and over the top without being a mess like Transformer sequels. I think it’s been too long since 2 though and I’m not sure if Martin and Will are young enough anymore to sell the big action that the film would require

      • If they can make Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Taken movies with older stars, then this should be more than possible. Smith and Lawrence aren’t that old yet.

  3. The development hell that the Uncharted movie has been in makes me somewhat guiltily hope that it will never come out of it.

    The Drake’s Fortune game at it’s best is such a special combination of Characters, setting, and appropriately employed action film tropes (and a few well-subverted expectations) that I worry it will be impossible for Hollywood NOT to get it wrong. Every announcement over the last couple years reeks of attempting to “Fix” the story and characters for general audiences, or for the Director of the moment’s ego.

    This really saddens and worries me since the game is already a wonderfully fun popcorn movie with great characters and visuals that you actually experience. Rather than “fixing it” it most needs to be appropriately adapted, well filmed, and above all; correctly cast.

    But hey, Hollywood has such a great track record with video game films, I’m sure they’ll be telling me just how wrong I am soon enough. :/

    • I agree with our points, except for the part about it staying in development hell. If they can do it justice, without making it the way they think people want to see it (i.e. changing the tone from the games etc.) then it can be done well.

      I don’t know they they don’t just get the writers from Naughty Dog in on this. They’ve shown that they can craft compelling stories.

      • Oh, yeah well… that’s actually what I meant. (should have clarified! lol) I only want it to stay in film-making perdition if that would prevent a poorly concocted product from hitting the screen. I’ve always felt like… “Do it right or don’t bother doing it,” ya know?
        If however they can get some cool director and announce some good casting choices, my cynicism will probably surrender to my inner fan in a heart beat. :)

        Agreed on that last part, too. I WOULD feel much better if I heard that Naughty Dog was at least being consulted on all this script writing. Perhaps they are, perhaps they aren’t, hard to tell with script changing hands so much. :/

        • Yes, I’m cautiously optimistic as well. Let’s hope they can do something that won’t disappoint us. :)

  4. Martin Lawrence must sit by his phone 24/7 waiting for the call. I am no fan of the two movies, but I almost want the third to get made out of sympathy for him.

      • Prob still dying to get sink his teeth into a new movie role tho.

  5. the BB movies are just awful, but without Bay a third one might stand a chance. Bay has never made a movie that’s even close to good.

  6. Ok I’m not the greatest fan of Bay. Yes Bay does not make great films. But what he does make is movies that make lots and lots of money. This is the movie biz and it’s a business. He knows how to make money.

  7. Bad Boys 2 was extremely entertaining, hope this comes to fruition.

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