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Video game movies don't exactly have the best rep in town and, though hopes were high, Assassin's Creed just wasn't that great video game movie that the prophets foretold. But never giving up despite what everyone is screaming at you is a staple of Hollywood, and now Uncharted aims to be that first potentially good video game movie. Despite years in development hell, the project has taken one more step forward that's crucial to every movie: it's got a finished script. Screenwriter Joe Carnahan revealed the news with a picture of said screenplay.
Posted on Instagram by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), the writer shared the title page of the script for Uncharted. "Done and dusted," he wrote in the caption, "Now the REAL work begins. If there's a more monstrously cool action script in Hollywood right now, I wanna read it, 'cuz this thing is a BEAST." Obviously, the writer isn't going to say that his script stinks right out of the gate, but Carnahan's enthusiasm is hopefully reassuring to those Uncharted fans who've waited a long time for this movie to hit the big screen. "Monstrously cool action" is like 83% of all Uncharted games.
Though Joe Carnahan was interested in directing the adaptation, he decided to put all his attention towards directing Bad Boys for Life. Director and producer Shawn Levy (Real Steel) will be handling directing duties for the film, while the hunt for the crucial role as series frontman Nathan Drake continues. Mark Wahlberg was previously reported to be in the running for the role, but he's no longer involved with the project. Still, this may be the closest any version of the Uncharted movie has made to reaching a film set. Though the film was removed from Sony's upcoming release schedule in September, the team seems more fired up than ever to make this adaptation a reality.
Uncharted is a series of video games created by developer Naughty Dog and released exclusively on to the Playstation formats. It focuses on the adventures of explorer Nathan Drake, who can lazily be described as a cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, with a sense of wit and plenty of swagger. The games, which consist of a series of four, follow Drake as he journeys around the globe looking for ancient artifacts. The series is ripe with explosive and kinetic cinematic action, as Drake finds himself going from one perilous situation to the next, while also displaying a smart sense of humor and some good old-fashioned adventure.
Only time will tell if Uncharted actually makes it to the theater, but this is shaping up to the best contender yet. There's still plenty still left to find out about the Uncharted movie, so keep checking in with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated as soon as new information.