Studios are still on the look out for the video game movie that will pave the way for more of its kind after Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed failed to meet expectations in 2016. The critical responses to these video game adaptations will not keep studios from trying to change the negative outlook of the genre and there are a few notable properties that could be part of turning it around. Tomb Raider and The Division are two properties with potential, but there is a lot of hope riding on Uncharted. The project began to receive good news throughout 2016 with Shawn Levy joining the project as director.
Joe Carnahan is penning the script for Levy’s film, but the urgency to get the project moving has remained up in the air since losing its 2017 release date. However, it looks like Nathan Drake is one step closer to going on his next adventure with Carnahan completing his screenplay.
Carnahan revealed on his Instagram that he had finished writing the script for Uncharted and took the opportunity to tease just how exciting it will be. There is still no word on casting or when it will hit theaters, but with Carnahan finishing his “monstrously cool” script, Sony can now move ahead in doing just that.
Carnahan finishing the script now lines up with reports that the film is being fast tracked by Sony after Levy agreed to direct. While Carnahan used his Instagram post to tease the action elements he envisions, he previously discussed how he purposefully wrote Drake as an anti-Indiana Jones character. Action and character focus are both things that Carnahan has shown a knack for incorporating in his films, such as The Grey or A-Team. Should Carnahan’s script work on both of these levels, it may go a long way in helping Uncharted right the wrongs that video game movies have experienced in the past.
Now that the Uncharted script is complete, Sony will (assuming they are happy with Carnahan’s work) move further into pre-production. Their first priority will likely be casting Nathan Drake and are looking for top tier talent with Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, and Nathan Fillion previously being rumored to be in consideration. With the studio now looking elsewhere for their lead, it should be interesting to see what other actors are now considered. Once they have found their man, the Uncharted may start filming shortly after.
Uncharted is currently in development and does not have a release date.
Source: Joe Carnahan