Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Have Been Offered ‘Uncharted’ Movie ‘Constantly’

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If the casual moviegoer wasn’t yet familiar with the writing (and directing) skills of comedy duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the runaway raunch-comedy This Is the End took care of that. With writing credits like Superbad and Pineapple Express already under their belts, the success of their apocalyptic comedy (and possible star-studded sequel) is just icing on the cake.

But even if stars are lining up to take part in their next project, it seems there’s one troubled film that the pair aren’t in a hurry to save. Whose offer have Rogen and Goldberg politely refused? Naughty Dog, developers of the Uncharted video game franchise, who have been after the pair to provide a script for some time.

Video games may play a role in several of Rogen’s films (including This Is the End), but a connection between the adventure-loving hero Nathan Drake and the minds behind Superbad isn’t an obvious one. Yet in an interview with IGN, Rogen and Goldberg confirmed that Naughty Dog has sought them out on more than one occasion, and offered a brief explanation of why they’ve never accepted the offer:

SR: They’re constantly asking me and Evan to make the Uncharted movie.

EG: For like four years now, they’ve been just like ‘make an Uncharted movie for us.’ But it’s just gonna be Indiana Jones!

SR: Yeah, writing it. They’ve been asking us to write it for years.

EG: If we could figure out a way to make it not Indiana Jones, it’d be awesome.

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The pair went on to explain that this was not publicly known, but they had no qualms about going on the record. Although the R-rated jokes and crude humor that have become the pair’s trademark seems a poor fit for the Uncharted series, the writing skills the pair have exhibited shouldn’t be overlooked. The sophomoric, cringe-inducing gags would have to be thrown out, but the core banter and relationships that elevated Superbad (among others) above mindless competitors would be right at home in a live-action Uncharted, a video game series that’s never taken itself too seriously.

As successful as Rogen and Goldberg’s writing and directing skills have proven, it’s hard to disagree with their basic apprehension. While they could bring the banter and wit of Uncharted onto the big screen, every fan knows that the franchise is essentially a modern day Indiana Jones, in every conceivable way. Adapting the game back to film is almost too easy; too easy to attract any writer who knows the source material (as Goldberg and Rogen seem to), anyway.

The only reason to adapt the game, it seems, would be to take the franchise into a new territory – a strategy to which Goldberg alludes. But the Uncharted movie’s development to date has shown that not every proposed change is a promising one.

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When the film fell into the lap of director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook), not only did his casting of Mark Wahlberg in the main role lead to fan outcry, but the proposed plot bore almost no resemblance to the original series. We doubt anything would convince skeptics that Russell’s plan wasn’t a recipe for disaster, but in the context of Goldberg’s comments, it’s easier to understand why the core formula might be changed.

Regardless, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for fans to worry at the moment; the film has already passed through the hands of yet another writer/director, and doesn’t seem to be gaining any momentum. Since it’s unlikely for Rogen and Goldberg’s issues to be resolved, the Uncharted film they would create will remain a mystery.

What do you think of the match? Would the writing duo be able to grasp what other major Hollywood screenwriters might miss? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Check out Rogen and Goldberg’s most recent film, This is The End, in theaters now (read our review). We’ll keep you updated if anyone else manages to solve the Uncharted riddle.


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Source: IGN

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  1. That is really interesting, i think their decline is for the best

    • As much as I love Seth Rogen’s writing, I’m not sure why the studio wanted them to write the film, very odd choice to me. Either way, they have a very good reason to decline the offer. At least we know they wouldn’t be in it to make a quick buck off a franchise, they’d be taking it seriously.

  2. Doesn’t take itself seriously?
    The fans who spent alot of money on all 3 games including extras all these years,take it seriously.

    • When they say it doesn’t take itself to seriously, they mean that it isn’t up it’s own ass with a message it’s trying to tell you. It doesn’t try to make you think about something important. It tells a story packed with action and humor. Does it get serious? Yes, but the overwhelming humor and over the top action is enough to know it’s just for fun.

  3. I think there are much more capable hands an Uncharted movie can be put into.

    • You get the last word, Mr. Drake.

  4. I really like Rogan and Goldberg’s comedies and “stoner movies”, but they’re a horrible fit for Uncharted imo.

    The series has its fair share of humour, but it’s simply not the kind they’re known for…. I really don’t want another Green Hornet – especially with the massive potential Uncharted has.

    • +1

      Don’t mind the team experimenting a bit but maybe not for a known franchise just yet. There’s a lot of potential with an Uncharted film series, I mean the story in the video games are pretty great and the characters are very likeable. Transfer that to the big screen with the appropriate changes and a more detailed story, and voila, a great hit for the studio.

  5. No, actually hell no.

  6. i don’t think these guys are right for the uncharted movie. But im just glad there’s finally some real news on the uncharted movie. Haven’t had any updates in awhile


  8. I always considered uncharted the most adaptable video game, as long as a company will shell out money to film in varies locations.

    Id love for them to adapt among theives but the yetti people would seem a bit off putting, tho there was reasons behind it i was underwhelmed by that portion of the game, maybe because they were so hard to kill.

  9. Shane Black could get the witty banter down perfectly.

    If Black wrote and directed it and Nathan Fillion starred in it nerds would rejoice in the streets

    • +1

    • -1

      He would make the villain an actor.

  10. Over the past couple of days I’ve listened to Rogan and Goldberg on 2 different podcasts and during 1 they spoke about their experience making Green Hornet.
    They didn’t say anything bad about the experience at all it’s just not their cup of tea. There’s a big difference between making a $30 million dollar film and a $120 million dollar film and their style and preference is the former.
    On a side note…
    They are both pretty hilarious. :)

  11. That’s just it…It’s NOT just New IJ. If they can’t see that, then they shouldn’t write it. He’s got Bond’s swagger, MacGuyver’s survival skills, and is a charming rogue like Lawrence of Arabia. Only a writer who understands the character-driven nuances of the series would have a shot. Otherwise…butchery. Id take a good writer and Zack Snyder, who is loyal to source material and mythology.

    • I agree with what you said, minus the Snyder part. His films are just too dark for the light hearted spirit of Uncharted.

  12. That was the most awkwardly worded headline

  13. I like their comedy, but as was said before, I don’t think they’d be a good fit.

    Maybe it’s not exactly Indiana Jones, but the Uncharted film would need to capture the spirit of adventure of the Indy films, and I’m not sure if they could do that.

  14. I think they could do a very solid job with the script, I mean if they were given approval to make it an R rated script they’d be an amazing pair to script it. However, directing may be left to better hands, or at least more fitting hands that have experience with action. I keep thinking Gore Vebereski would be a solid choice, granted he doesn’t make a Lone Ranger sequel

  15. Joe Rogan as Nathan Drake. Seth McFarlane = director

  16. (Darth Vader voice ) NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!