Hollywood Reporter has announced that the upcoming film based on video game series ‘Uncharted’ is going to be receiving the writing talents of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ screenwriter Mark Boal.
Boal is being brought in for a three-week polishing of the existing screenplay written by David Guggenheim. Typically known for his reputation for delivering grounded hard-hitting news-driven dramas, Boal is an interesting choice considering the lighter ‘Indiana Jones’-like tone of the ‘Uncharted’ franchise. However, according to Hollywood Reporter, Boal is actually a big fan of the ‘Uncharted’ game series, which is a fact that should help alleviate some fears and hesitations from hardcore fans of the beloved game series.
The upcoming film itself is going to be directed by Seth Gordon who is known for films like ‘Identity Thief’ and ‘Bosses.’ He has also done documentary work in the form of ‘The King of Kong’ and has worked on Television with his series ‘Breaking In.’
At this point, the ‘Uncharted’ film is still in need of a lead actor to play the role of Nathan Drake. Mark Wahlberg was originally attached to the project. However, he eventually left when David O. Russell, the director initially attached to direct the adaptation, dropped out. Hollywood Reporter also stated that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star Chris Pratt was recently approached to do the role, but he inevitably declined it.
‘Uncharted’ is a game series exclusively released on the Sony PlayStation that follows the adventures of Nathan Drake, a globe-trotting treasure hunter and thief always looking to discover ancient artifacts. The series is known for its highly-cinematic narrative presentation and gameplay, as well as it’s humorous and witty dialogue. The series is developed by Naughty Dog, a video game developer based in Santa Monica most notable for the ‘Crash Bandicoot’ games, the ‘Jak and Daxter’ games and most recently, ‘The Last of Us.’
The ‘Uncharted’ film is currently planned for release on June 10, 2016.
Source: Hollywood Reporter