The last time an Uncharted film adaptation – based on the popular video game property of the same name – was a serious possibility, David O. Russell was attached to write and direct, Mark Wahlberg was attached to star, and the plot of the film had little to do with the plots of the games.
Naturally, this caused a bit of an uproar with fans who wanted some fidelity to go with their video game movie jam. Since then, the adaptation has gone through different writers and directors, but we haven’t heard anything solid about it in nearly a year. For example: Who’s going to direct the film, considering Neil Burger (Divergent) dropped out some time ago?According to Deadline, the new guy in charge is Seth Gordon, whose directing credits include Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, the documentary King of Kong, and a whole bunch of sitcom TV episodes. Does his filmography – that of (primarily) a comedy director – indicate that we’re in for a much funnier version of Uncharted?
While the protagonist of the games, Nathan Drake, certainly loves to crack wise, the games themselves have never been laugh-out-loud hilarious. The tone is something of a mix between Indiana Jones and Die Hard, except less funny than the latter of those two films.
Considering Gordon has never made an action movie (or anything even remotely outside the comedy or documentary realms), one can assume they hired him for his proven success with movies intended to make people laugh. Should we therefore expect Uncharted: The Movie to be wall-to-wall gross-out jokes? Probably not.
Rather, it seems more likely that the film will be going the Iron Man route, where the main character is supposed to be hilarious even when the action and drama are intense.
Still, Gordon’s lack of action expertise might be a little worrisome to hardcore Uncharted fans. If there’s one thing an Uncharted movie should do well, it’s action. This is, after all, the video game version of Indiana Jones we’re talking about here.
We don’t know much about the plot of the film adaptation, but producer Avi Arad has said the following:
“I think ‘Uncharted’ will be very successful. It’s a father and son game. There are things about it that are interesting. I think the world of antiquities theft, there are many countries in the world that realized they’re being robbed and they’re trying to recoup these important pieces. Now, the script has a lot of character [and] I think that has a shot at being the first one [to succeed].”
We’ll assume when he says “father and son game” he actually means “father figure.” (As in, Victor “Sully” Sullivan is a father figure to Nathan Drake.) After all, all that talk of family dynamic is what got the Academy Award-nominated David O. Russell in so much trouble in the first place.
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