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It looks like Sony has suffered another setback with its plan to bring video game franchise Uncharted to the big screen, with The Wrap reporting that Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) has now vacated the director’s chair owing to a dispute with studio boss Tom Rothman over the creative direction of the project.
Uncharted has passed through the hands of several filmmakers including David O. Russell (The Fighter) and Neil Burger (Divergent), while Mark Wahlberg have been mentioned as potential candidates for the lead role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The most recent draft of the script has been Oscar-winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).
- Gary Collinson
Nathan Drake may be enjoying a fruitful boon in the video game medium, with Naughty Dog prepping to bring back the grizzled treasure hunter early next year for A Thief’s End, but his journey to the silver screen for an Uncharted movie has been anything but smooth sailing. And now, Heroic Hollywood brings word that Horrible Bosses‘ Seth Gordon is the latest director to leave the troubled project.
According to sources close with the stalled production, Gordon’s exit is consequence of Sony steering the adaptation in a whole new direction. It’s a change of heart purportedly born of budgetary constraints, with newly-appointed Head of Sony Pictures Tom Rothman supposedly claiming that the allotted budget for the finalized Uncharted movie will be more in line with Resident Evil than Indiana Jones, despite many believing that the company would nurture Nathan Drake into a bona fide franchise lead.
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- Michael Briers
The troubled Uncharted movie has lost its third director.
The adaptation of the popular video game is once again without someone at the helm after Seth Gordon opted to part ways with Sony, according to The Wrap.
Although there has been no comment from either party, it is thought that Gordon was unhappy with a new creative direction proposed by Sony chief Tom Rothman.
Last year, Sony handed the film a release date of June 10, 2016, but it is now unclear whether this deadline will be met. Shooting on the movie was due to commence at the beginning of the year.
The movie has been in development at Sony since 2008, with David O Russell and Neil Burger both exiting after brief stints as director.
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Ah. The long-planned movie of the excellent Uncharted videogame series has hit yet another problem, with the news of someone else departing the project. This time it's director Seth Gordon, who's been attached to the film for some time, and he's said to have left the project as Sony seeks to take it a different way.
Since the change at the top of Sony Pictures earlier this year, Uncharted is apparently one of the projects that's remained in flux. New boss Tom Rothman was ultimately faced with the choice of cutting the film's budget, or trying a different direction. He's plumped for the latter, and Gordon (who helmed The King Of Kong) has departed as a consequence.
At one stage, David O Russell was being courted to direct, whilst Mark Wahlberg »
After more than five years in development, many fans hoped the video game adaptation Uncharted was on the right track, with Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) coming aboard to pen the script late last year. Unfortunately, the project has hit yet another speed bump, with Heroic Hollywood reporting that director Seth Gordon is backing out the project, after signing on in February 2014. The report reveals that Sony's new studio head Tom Rothman asked the filmmaker to deliver this adaptation on a smaller budget, reportedly causing him to walk. The Wrap reports that Tom Rothman wanted to take the movie in a new creative direction, which is what caused the departure, which could mean that the studio is seeking another writer.
As one long delayed video-game adaptation moves forward, another long delayed video-game adaptation has found itself stalled once again. Seth Gordon, who was all set to direct the big-screen adaptation of Sony's popular Uncharted video game franchise, has now exited the project. Uncharted follows the career of treasure hunting thief Nathan Drake in what Sony is envisioning as "a... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The film version of the popular video game series "Uncharted" has had a rocky voyage through development, and today it appears to have crashed onto the rocks yet again.
Heroic Hollywood and io9 report that Seth Gordon, the latest filmmaker who has been attached to the Sony Pictures project for some time, is no longer onboard the movie.
Initial reports suggest he left over budget cuts, however follow-up repots now indicate the budget is remaining the same and the film is "simply going in a new direction". What that means is unclear.
The trilogy of previously released games are being remastered ahead of a release on PlayStation 4 in early October, whilst the fourth and apparently final title in the series hits early next year. »
- Garth Franklin
Seth Gordon (King of Kong, Horrible Bosses) will no longer be directing a big screen adaptation of Sony’s popular video game series Uncharted. The film will reportedly take a new creative direction, which is why Gordon is exiting the project. The Wrap broke the news on this latest Uncharted movie development, giving the following details about why Gordon left […]
- Peter Sciretta
The long-gestating Uncharted movie is on the back burner once again as director Seth Gordon has exited the project. The adventurous story of Nathan Drake has been in development for more than half a decade now, with a number of filmmakers attached to the project over the years. David O. Russell was attached to direct for a while with Mark Wahlberg set to star as Drake. Neil Burger (Divergent) tried his hand at the pic as well, but he too fell by the wayside. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were reportedly approached numerous times to pen an adaptation, but they subsequently declined. Nathan Fillion even campaigned for the lead role at one point. Finally, Horrible Bosses and The King of Kong director Seth Gordon was hired to take the helm in early 2014, and it seemed this one might stick as Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal was brought in to touch up the script, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Naughty Dog.s Uncharted is one of the most popular and beloved video games in recent years, and while the games are still going strong, Sony.s attempt to adapt the action into a major motion picture has been plagued with issues for years. And they just hit another one, as the latest director attached to the project, Seth Gordon, has bailed. The news of Gordon.s exit comes from Heroic Hollywood, though Sony declined to offer comment on the matter, and Gordon.s representatives did not respond to subsequent requests for clarification from other outlets. According to a follow up from The Wrap, newly ensconced Sony head Tom Rothman has been considering the brewing project since taking over the reins, and according to the report, while he didn.t cut the budget, he decided to take a new "creative direction" with the material. We don.t know exactly what »
"Uncharted" continues to be Sony's white whale. David O. Russell and Neil Burger have already come and gone on the long brewing adaptation of the hit video game. But things seemed to start coming together last year, with Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses") signing up to direct and a summer 2016 release date slated. However, Sony is not going to make that target. Gordon has exited the movie once again putting the entire project back at square one. Sony's new head Tom Rothman apparently wanted to change creative direction, rather than cut the budget for the flick, but that still sounds euphemism for getting this thing made more cheaply. And one does have to wonder how much money has been burned into development costs so far. Read More: Marc Forster To Direct Futuristic Thriller 'Red Riding' & Seth Gordon Will Helm Lewis Carrol Pic 'Queen Of Hearts' The plan »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony’s attempt to turn the Uncharted game series from PlayStation success into potential movie franchise just can’t seem to get past the loading screen. In another blow for the project, director Seth Gordon has decided to move on. Treasure hunter Nathan Drake would seem to be a good fit for cinema, with his Indiana Jones-style attitude and scope for adventure. But try as it might, the studio just hasn’t been able to make it work. Writers such as Kyle Ward, David O. Russell (who also wanted to direct), Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, David Guggenheim and Mark Boal have all tried to crack it and Neil Burger briefly considered directing before heading off to do Divergent. What’s the hold up this time? As originally reported by Heroic Hollywood, it’s apparently financial issues, as Sony boss Tom Rothman wants to change the creative direction of the film »
Seth Gordon has exited “Uncharted,” Sony’s adaptation of the popular video game series, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. A representative for Sony had no comment, while a representative for Gordon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Sony chief Tom Rothman had been weighing the fate of the project since he took over the reins of the studio. Rather than slash the budget, he decided to take the project in a new creative direction, which prompted Gordon’s exit. Also Read: 'Amazing Spider-Man 3,' 'Sinister Six,' 'Uncharted' Get Release »
- Jeff Sneider
Amazon Instant Video may have a new pilot to test with viewers. The streaming video-on-demand service is reportedly in talks to pick up the drama pilot Sneaky Pete from executive producers and co-writers Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) and David Shore (House M.D.).
Inside sources told Variety, who originally broke the story, Amazon is considering adding Sneaky Pete, originally produced for CBS, to its next round of pilots. Adding the title to the mix would allow Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers to decide whether or not they want the pilot to be developed into a full series.
However, if Amazon does pick up Sneaky Pete, the streaming service would be following the practices of competitors Netflix and Hulu. Both those video subscriptions routinely pick up cancelled shows from traditional television networks (as was the case with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Mindy Project).
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- Bree Brouwer
“Sneaky Pete” may rise again. Amazon is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV to pick up the busted CBS drama pilot that has high-profile auspices in co-writers and exec producers Bryan Cranston and David Shore.
Sources said the plan is for Amazon to put the pilot on its Amazon Prime Instant Video platform where it will be showcased for Amazon’s typical crowd-sourcing development process of inviting viewers to weigh on its merits as a potential series.
Sources cautioned that the deal has not been finalized. But if it comes to fruition, the scenario could open up an intriguing avenue for producers and studios with projects that for any number of reasons do not go all the way to a series order from their commissioning networks.
“Sneaky Pete” revolves around a con man who assumes his former cell mate’s identity when he gets out of prison in order to hide from his past. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Spy Hard: Feig’s Generally Entertaining Espionage Parody
Director Paul Feig does a James Bond send-up for his latest Melissa McCarthy headlined romp, Spy. But for as many laughs as this talented duo is able to generate, its ability to linger in your mind remains questionable. Running a bit long in the tooth, clocking in at two hours and with a handful of scenes and tangents that flat line, a love for the talented and likeable McCarthy will determine audience response to a scenario that’s not exactly fresh. Once again, she’s saddled with playing the buffoon who comes to learn a thing or two about a thing or two, and it would be nice to escape the creepy feeling wherein it sometimes seems we’re supposed to laugh at McCarthy in these illogical scenarios rather than with her.
Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is a deskbound CIA analyst, guiding »
- Nicholas Bell
Img, the sports and media business acquired by Wme last year, is stepping up to finance and market a full-length feature documentary about former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason who was stricken with Als at the age of 34. Joining Img in The Gleason Project is Seth Gordon, the producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated who will produce. J. Clay Tweel (Print the Legend) will direct. Gleason, a former football star, is considered one of the… »
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
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Keanu Reeves has joined the anticipated new Epix Original Documentary, Deep Web, as narrator. From director Alex Winter, the film chronicles one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century - the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur recently convicted of being 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. This is the first time Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have worked together since 1993's Freaked, which followed their co-starring roles in the successful Bill and Ted' films. Deep Web will world premiere at South by Southwest this Sunday, March 15 and will make its World Television Premiere on Epix Spring 2015. Content Media handles the film's international sales and distribution.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Said Keanu Reeves:
The two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie were, in my opinion, pretty bad, and judging by the way most people comment any time it's announced a movie adaptation of a popular game is announced, no one else liked them much either. And, interestingly enough, they didn't really make all that much money. The first one grossed only $274.7 million worldwide back in 2001 on a $115 million budget, while the sequel only managed $156.5 two years later on a $95 million budget. So, why have we been hearing about a possible Tomb Raider reboot for about six years nowc Well, the reason it isn't going away is because the most recent "Tomb Raider" videogame release sold around 7.5 million copies and a new game is on the way. Sounds like good timing to get a new movie in the works. Paramount distributed the first two Tomb Raider movies, but now Deadline reports it will be »
- Brad Brevet
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