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Uncharted is a film that's taken a surprisingly long time to make its way into production. Based on the smash hit Sony Playstation franchise, it has an action-packed story that lends itself perfectly to Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. It follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake, his mentor "Sully," and a host of secondary characters, as they travel the world to uncover historical mysteries. The scripts for the games have a balance of humor, mystery, action, and intrigue as Drake tends to get into all kinds of trouble while on his assignments. The franchise could be a hit on the level of the National Treasure films or, in the right hands, could be this generation's Indiana Jones.
At one point, David O. Russell- the director who's been nominated for five Academy Awards, was set to bring the franchise to the big screen. At the time, he had gotten a commitment from Mark Wahlberg to star as Drake. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Though the Uncharted film has been in development for several years now, a leading man has still not been cast. One name, however, has flirted with the project almost ever since its inception, and it seems that to this day, he remains the frontrunner.
According to leaked Sony emails, the studio is still keen on having Mark Wahlberg star in the Seth Gordon-directed film, which will be scripted by Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty). Apparently, the actor met with Gordon back in the summer and things went very well. Nothing has been made official just yet, of course, but Wahlberg did say that he’d be available to shoot in 2015 and seemed eager to sign on.
It’s important to note that this was several months ago, and who knows what has changed between then and now. Obviously Wahlberg is a busy guy, and since the summer, several more »
- Matt Joseph
While Uncharted is one of those movies we've heard about for years, it seems like Sony is finally getting serious about bringing this video game to the big screen. The studio has set a June 2016 release date, and the adaptation even has a writer and director attached. But it doesn't yet have a leading man. That may be changing soon, as it is rumored that Mark Wahlberg is still being eyed as Nathan 'Nate' Drake.
It's been four years since Mark Wahlberg first confirmed that he was playing Nathan Drake in an Uncharted movie. At the time, he was set to reunite with his I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter director David O. Russell, who was both writing and set to helm this action adventure movie, said to be in the same vein as Indiana Jones. But David O. Russell dropped out in 2011. Mark Wahlberg left the project soon there after. »
Uncharted has been in development for a number of years now, and the fact that the critically acclaimed video game series still hasn't received the big screen treatment is baffling to say the least. Sony have certainly tried, and a number of writers and directors have been attached at one point or another. The latest is Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon, while franchise fan and Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal is writing the latest draft of the script. Who will star in the movie? We've seen an email between Sony execs including Amy Pascal and Jonathin Kadin which reveal that back in June a meeting took place between Gordon and Mark Wahlberg (who was attached to the project a number of years ago) which apparently went very well. They talked in great detail about the version of the script which existed at that time, and the actor was agreeable »
We've been hearing about a big screen adaptation of the "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" video game for years, mostly when David O Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) was attached. Then it became clear that he has never played the game and the helmer eventually dropped out. Then Neil Burger (Limitless) stepped in to replace Russell, and soon after Burger was replaced by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), who is still on board. And now comes word that the project is becoming more of a priority for Sony, which just hired Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to polish the script originally written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). The studio still needs to finds its leading man before the film can move forward. Mark Wahlberg was briefly attached, but has since moved on. More recently, Sony made an offer to Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), but he passed. »
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting.
First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding Lea Seydoux, potentially the next Bond girl or “femme fatale.” And although it would seem obvious that Waltz would be playing the villain, even that seems ambiguous. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” said one of the Mail’s anonymous sources. Still though, if you’re going to cast Anton Chigurh in your previous Bond movie, the next logical step is to cast Hans Landa, right?
The next concerns the potential full cast of Suicide Squad, the DC movie full of a team of super villains. »
- Brian Welk
Sony’s plan to bring its beloved action video game franchise Uncharted to the screen appears to be moving forward again. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is already attached to direct, and now Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal has been hired to polish the existing script. The games follow the Indiana Jones-like Nathan Drake as he travels the globe in search of lost treasures. Finding these treasures often puts Drake on the wrong side of some very bad people, but the wisecracking explorer is as good with a pistol as he is with a quip. The games (there are four in total, with another on the way) have a lighthearted tone, which makes the hiring of Boal (who wrote Zero Dark Thirty) an intriguing new wrinkle. Can Boal write the kind of material that gamers are...
- Mike Bracken
There are few more recent franchises as significant to the PlayStation brand as the Uncharted series. Across three main games (and a prequel), treasure hunter Nathan Drake has scoured the globe for hidden riches. Sony has been trying to adapt the beloved games into a film since 2008, shortly after the series began. The Uncharted film has had a number of writers, directors, and actors attached to the project, and there's now another name to add to the list. As The Hollywood Reporter originally reported and EW can confirm, Sony has brought on Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker scribe »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Oscar winning screenwriter Mark Boal – best known for writing The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty – has come on board to rewrite the screenplay for the adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted.
The video game follows a treasure hunter named Nathan Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. His search for El Dorado becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray.
Uncharted is set for release 10 June, »
- Thomas Roach
Mark Boal is, frankly, a fantastic choice for "Uncharted." Boal's screenplays for "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are both strong, lean examples of how to tell some very tough stories in a way that both kinetic and intelligent. Boal's got a knack for writing scenes involving military units that make the audience feel like they're on the inside of that very private brotherhood, and I can see how his skill set so far would play directly into "Uncharted." For those of you who are not familiar with the Playstation game series that is the inspiration for the films, think modern-day Indiana Jones. The games could have very easily been just a shabby and obvious lift from Jones if the action was good… gamers are often satisfied by the mere attempt at narrative… but it turned out to be more than that, with a central character named Nathan Drake. »
- Drew McWeeny
The Oscar-winning screenwriter will reportedly perform a three-week production polish to the original script written by David Guggenheim, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Boal, whose writing credits also include Zero Dark Thirty, is said to be a fan of the video game series.
It was recently confirmed that the film will begin shooting early next year. Sony is targeting a June 2016 release date.
Oscar-nominated writer David O Russell has previously been attached to pen the script, while Mark Wahlberg was linked with the starring role of Nathan Drake.
Video game developer Naughty Dog is currently working on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which is tipped to launch in 2015.
How The Last of Us Remastered will benefit Uncharted 4's development
Watch a trailer for the next instalment of the Uncharted game series below: »
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has officially passed on the video game adaption Uncharted for Sony. But not all is lost, as the studio moves forward on the project by hiring Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, the driving force behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.
Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is taking on this big screen adventure based on the popular franchise Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. David Guggenheim (Stolen; Safe House; the upcoming Narco Sub and Bad Boys 3) wrote the most recent draft, with Mark Boal being set up to finish the job. He will do a three week polish.
While Uncharted might seem like an odd fit for the more reality based writer, Mark Boal is a self-proclaimed fan of the video game. And he will help continue to see the studio's vision of Uncharted as a swashbuckling Indiana Jones type adventure.
The movie of the videogame Uncharted remains set for 2016, as the writer of Zero Dark Thirty jumps aboard...
The planned movie of Sony's videogame series Uncharted remains on the schedule for 2016, although there's not been much in the way of obvious progress on it. At least not much anybody's been talking about. However, there is a bit of news on the film now, and first up, it seems that Chris Pratt - riding high this year off the back of The Lego Movie and Guardians Of The Galaxy (with Jurassic World scheduled for 2016) - has turned down the role of Nathan Drake.
Obviously the role of Nathan Drake should go to Nathan Fillion, but nobody seems to be getting our memos on the matter.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Hurt Locker") has been brought in to work on the screenplay for the film adaptation of the popular "Uncharted" video game series at Sony Pictures.
Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") is slated to direct the action film which, like the game series, will boast a fun adventure style akin to the "Indiana Jones" trilogy. Boal is a reported fan of the games and is expected to bring his skill to polish a script which several writers have taken a shot at over the years.
The games center on treasure hunter Nathan 'Nate' Drake, his compatriot and mentor Victor 'Sully' Sullivan, journalist Elena Fisher and assorted others as they traverse the globe in search of ancient treasures whilst dealing with everything from European bad guys to supernatural beasties.
The first game dealt with the search for El Dorado on an island off the South American coast. »
- Garth Franklin
The video game centers on a treasure hunter named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. His search for El Dorado becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray. Both face creatures, mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis, that begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure's true secrets.
Mark Wahlberg was previously attached to star. The studio was also went after Chris Pratt but he passed on the role. Other writers who have worked on the project include David O. Russell (he was also attached to direct), Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, David Guggenheim and Cormac and Marianne Wibberley. »
- Laura Frances
Sony Pictures went out and hired an Oscar-winning screenwriter for their big screen adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted. The writer's name is Mark Boal, and he's written the scripts for the incredible war films Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. He's a much better choice than the writer of the National Treasure movies, who is one of the writers they previously hired.
According to THR, Boal is a big fan of the video game franchise, and he envisions the story as a "swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones." That's basically a description of the video game, but if he can help bring the story and the Nathan Drake character to life on the big screen in an amazing way, then what more can the fans ask for?
The last we heard, the plan was to start shooting in 2015, so they've still got some time to get the script right. »
- Joey Paur
Sony has been trying to push an adaptation of console title Uncharted for years now, with little forward motion. It may not have had much success landing a director or star, but the studio thinks it might be on firmer ground with its script, hiring Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal to take a crack.Uncharted, of course, follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a descendent of Sir Francis Drake and a man who thinks he’s learned the whereabouts of the fabled South American city El Dorado. He heads out to find it, facing off against a rival and strange creatures that are also after the city’s secrets.At one point, the studio had David O. Russell aboard to make the movie, but though he convinced Mark Wahlberg to star, his take on the story didn’t mesh with what the company wanted to do. Since then, »
Naughty Dog.s Uncharted video game series is a breakneck cinematic experience modeled after the Indiana Jones films, Romancing the Stone and a pinch of Han Solo.s attitude. They make for outstanding watches, already, and would provide a ton of great content for a film franchise. Now, it sounds like the pieces (once again) are falling into place for an Uncharted movie adaptation. THR reports that Sony has tapped Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal to polish an existing screenplay for an Uncharted movie that Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) will direct. Attaching Boal.s voice to the project might mean a shift in tone. While the video games aren.t exactly outright comedies, there.s far more humor in thelead character of treasure-seeker Nathan Drake than you can find in Boal.s screenplays for The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty. Will Uncharted look like this? What Boal does »
Video game adaptations tend to get a bad rap, but Sony is doing what it can to make sure Uncharted bucks that trend. The studio’s efforts now include bringing an Oscar winner on board. Mark Boal, the acclaimed screenwriter behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, has signed to work on the screenplay. Even better […]
- Angie Han
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