The last we heard about a film adaptation of the Uncharted franchise was that Sony was rethinking director options after negotiations with David O. Russel had seemingly come to a close without any agreement being reached. It looks like things are back on track with a recent announcement from Columbia Pictures reported over at coming soon.
David O. Russel appears to now be set for writing and directing the film, Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach (presidents of Columbia Pictures) commented on the announcement with Tolmach stating “David is a tremendous choice to take on this film” and “He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.”
The video games ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’ and ‘Uncharted: Among Thieves’ were both developed by Naughty Dog as an exclusive title for the Playstation 3. The video game franchise has been a big success for Sony with both instalments selling well over 2 million copies each.
Uncharted is a great option for adapting to a film (and to me more exciting than the recent Just Cause news), the characters are fun and the premise is interesting featuring a globe trotting tale of treasure hunting. I’d like to see something with a little more of a serious side than what was established in say the Tomb Raider or Mummy films but still with a comedic aspect that is balanced so well in the writing for the games.
Hopefully we’ll see some casting announcements over the coming months, fingers crossed for Nathan Fillion, he was born to play this role and as for Bruce Campbell as Sully, well I can always hope.