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Uncharted – the popular adventure video game series about modern treasure hunter Nathan ‘Nate’ Drake – has been eyed for a big screen adaptation by Sony in recent years, though it’s yet to move past the script stage. First, David O. Russell attempted to turn the adventure game into, well, a David O. Russell adventure movie, but couldn’t get the necessary studio support for his vision; then, Limitless and Divergent helmsman Neil Burger attached himself to the project, only to eventually drop out too.
Most recently, Uncharted has been scheduled for a June 2016 theatrical release date, with director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) lined up to call the shots. Production on the film should have already begun by now, in order for it to make its 2016 date; in fact, back in Summer 2014, Gordon had indicated that an early 2015 filming start date was on the docket. That begs the question: now what’s happening with the video game adaptation?


Well, according to Heroic Hollywood, Gordon is off the project as director and a fresh Uncharted script draft is being put together (… again). The budget for Uncharted was apparently slashed after Tom Rothman took over as chairman of the Sony Motion Picture Group (after the infamous Sony hacking of 2014), as Rothman wants the project’s cost to be more on the level of something like the Resident Evil franchise (for example, Resident Evil: Retribution cost $65 million to make) rather than the nine-digit sum that Gordon was in all likelihood working from. (UPDATE: The Wrap has confirmed HH‘s original scoop.)
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) was the last screenwriter reported to be working on the Uncharted movie script, though it’s not clear yet if his screenplay draft is being revised (in order to lower costs) or if the project has basically started over from scratch (… again) at this point. Either way, the movie won’t be making its June 2016 release target, so look for Sony to soon choose a replacement candidate to open in theaters that month instead, seeing as the studio already has the Angry Birds animated movie arriving in May and the Ghostbusters reboot due in July (helping to fill out its Summer 2016 release slate).

Globe-trotting adventure movie franchises (similar to the often stylistically cinematic Uncharted video games) have been around in Hollywood for quite a long time, though of late they don’t really appear to be in fashion. For example, it’s not clear if Walt Disney Pictures still intends to make National Treasure 3 in the future; Lucasfilm is being slow to revive the Indiana Jones series and might not release a new film installment any sooner than 2018 (if even then); and The Mummy franchise is headed back to the big screen, but will return as a modern action/thriller – a departure from the swashbuckler approach of its most recent iteration.
This climate is almost certainly in part to blame for why the directors who’ve come and gone from the Uncharted movie adaptation keep failing to see eye to eye with Sony on how best to go about bringing Nathan Drake’s deeds to cinematic life (including, how much the film should cost). Of course, if such upcoming video game movies as Hitman: Agent 47, Warcraft, and Assassin’s Creed perform well at the box office, then it should help Uncharted to get the creative (as well as studio) support it needs.
We’ll bring you more information on Uncharted as the story develops.
Source: Heroic Hollywood
 

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[h=1]Uncharted Movie Getting a Rewrite from Joe Carnahan[/h]




A number of directors have come and gone from Sony Pictures’ slow-moving film adaptation of the Uncharted video game franchise by this point, ranging from David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, Joy) to Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief). The live-action movie version of globe-trotter Nathan Drake’s adventures is currently scheduled to reach theaters in June of 2017, but without a director currently onboard it appears safe to assume that the project’s release date will end up being pushed back again sometime in the foreseeable future.
However, what the Uncharted movie does have is another screenwriter – one who will put together a fresh script draft for the film, at that. The person in question would be Joe Carnahan, the writer/director of such cult movies as Smokin’ Aces and Stretch, as well as more mainstream fare such as The A-Team and The Grey.
Carnahan informed Variety that he’s not currently up to direct Uncharted, saying “I’m only on board to write the script.” The reason being, Carnahan is actively gearing up to start rolling camera on Bad Boys 3 (with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles from the previous Bad Boys films) and Sony’s current production timeline for Uncharted conflicts with the studio’s schedule for the new Bad Boys movie.
However, Carnahan also told Variety that he’s more than happy to only write the Uncharted movie, saying:


“Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how a piece got there to begin with. Plus, the property itself is so popular that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to work on it.”
Joe Carnahan and Liam Neeson working on The A-Team



The choice of Carnahan as screenwriter for Uncharted reads as a promising development for many of the same reasons that his involvement with Bad Boys 3 bodes well. Namely, Carnahan has a knack for not only scripting sharp and witty dialogue, but also for combining quality character development with kinetic action and, in turn, action-driven narratives. Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake is a character with a “big” personality and could easily come off as an Indiana Jones-knockoff in a live-action film adaptation of the original game franchise if not handled right. Fortunately, Carnahan scripts are never lacking for “personality,” especially his screenplays of the action genre variety.
Question is, will Carnahan climbing onboard as screenwriter give Uncharted the kick in the pants that it needs to finally climb out of early development limbo and head into production at last? Sony once had plans to release an Uncharted film during this summer movie season, in close proximity with the release of the latest installment in the original game series, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Obviously, that didn’t happen, as the project has proven to be a tough but to crack thus far, as further evidenced by the number of directors (not to mention writers) it’s gone through at this stage.
However, with Carnahan now writing the script and other long-developing video game movies (see the Tomb Raider reboot) actively moving forward, maybe – just maybe – Nathan Drake’s time to make the jump to the big screen has finally come.


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Source: Variety
 

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[h=1]Joe Carnahan Will Work With Uncharted Developer On Movie Adaptation[/h]




The film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s popular video game series Uncharted has been languishing in development hell since it was first optioned in 2009. With multiple creative teams already having come and gone from the project, and some truly awful synopses being touted, fans have been left to wonder whether the film would ever coalesce. If so, would that even be a good thing?
In a recent turn of events, action film writer/director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) has been hired to come up with a whole new take on the screenplay for Uncharted. Carnahan has proven able to weave big personality into a tight, action-packed narrative, making him an ideal choice to creatively guide the project.
In a further example of “getting it,” Carnahan posted this tweet earlier today on the topic of his work on the Uncharted film adaptation:
I wanna get with @Naughty_Dog & make sure we line things up creatively on "Uncharted". Hugely important to me. Gotta make creators happy.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 30, 2016
The Uncharted series has been known for phenomenal gameplay and cutting edge graphical prowess. But the lovable, globe-trotting scoundrel Nathan Drake and his friends are also key reasons fans have kept coming back for so many years. Having released two additional games since the film rights were originally optioned, Carnahan arguably has an easier job than his predecessors did. The Uncharted series’ lore has not only been expanded but concluded with this year’s A Thief’s End. Making sure the film doesn’t step on the spirit or narrative of the games will now be far easier, whether it adapts a particular game storyline or acts as an “untold chapter” of sorts.
In any scenario, it’s good to know that Carnahan cares enough to check in with Naughty Dog. They obviously have a good handle on what a definitive Nathan Drake adventure should look like, having sired the franchise. Comparing notes to make sure the film evokes the same spirit simply makes sense.
While Carnahan’s involvement seems like only a positive thing, Uncharted still has the video game movie curse to overcome. There hasn’t been a single video game adaptation that has been a legitimate critical hit, and a very small percentage of them have been box office successes. You have to give Hollywood credit for continuing to try though. This year we’ve already had Warcraft, with Assassin’s Creed hitting in December. A Tomb Raider reboot is also deep in development for a scheduled release in early 2018.
Whether or not Uncharted, or any of these other films, will break the losing streak of game adaptations is anybody’s guess. But with so many chances to make it work, odds are it’s gotta happen sometime.
Uncharted is currently scheduled to reach U.S. theaters on June 30th, 2017.
Source: Joe Carnahan via Twitter
 

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[h=1]Uncharted Movie Loses Its 2017 Release Date[/h]



Hollywood has not been kind to video game movies over the years. Granted, the movies themselves have not done much to help audiences enjoy what the adaptations look like. This year has already shown ambitious, giant movies such as Warcraft must be done exceptionally well in order for audiences to accept what is shown on screen. While that did not kick off the video game adaptation age in Hollywood, 2016 still has the chance to pull it off with Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed movie. Ubisoft has big plans for the potential franchise should the first do well, but it will have a bigger impact if that is the case.
There are plenty of studios waiting to make their attempt at video game adaptations with The Division starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander, Rampage starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and a Pokemon movie all in the works. Another adaptation that Sony has been looking to produce is Uncharted, but the movie has taken a step backward.
Sony has pulled the June 30, 2017 release date for Uncharted from their upcoming release calendar according to ComingSoon. This leaves the movie without a release date, director, or star at the moment. The last update for the movie was Joe Carnahan revealing he is currently writing the script, but will not direct. With the mid-2017 release date now gone, fans may have to wait until at least 2018 for a potential Uncharted movie to hit theaters.



While it is concerning that the movie adaptation of a current and popular video game franchises continues to be pushed back, it is better for Sony to take their time with the property rather than rush it into theaters and pile onto the load of bad video game movies. They have already targeted stars like Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, or Nathan Fillion for the lead role of Nathan Drake, but will have to continue to look elsewhere to find their lead.
In order for video game movie adaptations to succeed, big and recognizable stars will certainly help bring people to the theater. Assassin’s Creed has the shot to be the launching point for the next trend in Hollywood, but it will take more than just one movie to make audiences believe they should rush out for big screen video game adaptations. If Assassin’s Creed is a success, the next two or three films will be just as important. Uncharted might not be a part of that current slate, but it should be at some point in time.
Uncharted is currently without a release date, but stay tuned for updates.
Source: ComingSoon
 

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[h=1]Uncharted Movie Being Fast Tracked With Shawn Levy to Direct[/h]




Uncharted, since it first arrived in 2007 from gaming studio Naughty Dog, has been one of the more popular first-person shooter games in the last two console generations. Across several titles for the Sony PlayStation 3 and 4 the game series, featuring globetrotting hero Nathan Drake, has sold more than 20 million copies in less than ten years.
Considering its popularity and the presence of an already iconic hero character, Uncharted has seemed like a natural all along for an action movie franchise. In fact, it’s been in development for awhile. At one point David O. Russell was attached to direct. Seth Gordon, in 2014, was set to direct the film but later departed. A release date of June 2017 was originally staked out and later cancelled. But now, it appears the film is moving forward, with a new director.
Shawn Levy, best known for directing the Night at the Museum series, will direct the Uncharted movie for Sony Pictures, and it’s being “fast-tracked,” Deadline reported Tuesday. Joe Carnahan, who had previously been reported to be working on a script for the film and had been mentioned as a possible director, remains involved as screenwriter, but Levy is now the director; Carnahan is set to concentrate his immediate directorial efforts on Bad Boys For Life, the long-awaited third film in the Bad Boys series.
Levy is a prolific director who, in addition to the three Night of the Museum movies also directed such Hollywood comedies Date Night, The Internship and This is Where I Leave You. He is also an executive producer of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, directed several episodes of the first season, and will maintain some involvement with the upcoming second season.



Uncharted seems like a natural for an action franchise, especially considering its action pedigree and the chance to stick a major star in the role of Nathan Drake. There’s no word on who that may be, although Chris Pratt, Mark Wahlberg and others have been rumored as under consideration for the part over the course of the long development.
As for Levy, while he’s made a few movies that have made a lot of money, with the exception of the 2011 flop Real Steel, he’s somewhat untested when it comes to major action films or, for that matter, any project that in any way resembles Uncharted. Whether he’s ultimately the right director remains to be seen.
Uncharted does not yet have a new release date, but stay tuned here for more information about when we may see it.
Source: Deadline
 

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[h=1]Uncharted: Joe Carnahan on Why Nathan Drake is an ‘Anti-Indiana Jones’[/h]


Development on Sony Pictures’ movie adaptation of the Uncharted video game franchise has gone through a rinse/watch/repeat cycle of moving forward with a new director, losing said director and then having to start over from scratch a number of times over these last five to six years. Things are finally starting to look up for the project though, now that Joe Carnahan (writer/director of Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team and The Grey) is writing the script and Shawn Levy (director of the Night at the Museum movies, Real Steel, and multiple episodes of Stranger Things season 1) is attached to oversee Nathan Drake’s first globe-trotting adventure on the big screen.
Carnahan, who is not directing Uncharted due to his commitment to directing Bad Boys for Life (aka Bad Boys 3) next year, has already let it be known that he is working closely on the video game movie’s script with the developer of the Uncharted gaming property, Naughty Dog. The filmmaker has since clarified that while he intends to keep the creative minds behind the original Uncharted games happy with his adapted screenplay, that doesn’t mean that Levy’s movie is going to be a slavishly faithful interpretation of the games – nor do the people at Naughty Dog expect it to be.


Collider spoke with Carnahan about the Uncharted movie and brought up the obvious comparison to the Indiana Jones franchise: a property that, much like Uncharted, revolves around a archaeology-savvy adventurer who, with the help of his sidekicks, goes searching for ancient treasures and remnants of long-lost civilizations around the world. Carnahan both praised Levy and expressed his confidence in what the director has in mind for Uncharted; at the same time, offering the following with regard to why he sees Indiana Jones and Nathan Drake as very different variations on the same archetype:



I can tell you that Shawn Levy and I sat down last weekend, he has fantastic knowledge. Here’s the thing, Shawn is an incredibly bright, incredibly skilled, talented guy, and you sit with him for five minutes and you know and understand why he has the level of success he’s had. I think he understands, we both have tremendous fondness for [Raiders of the Lost Ark], and he wants to, I think Shawn’s capable of doing a lot of things. I can tell you this: what I’ve written is very anti-Indy in the sense of the guy that loves museums and wants to preserve these artifacts. He’s not! He’s a thief and he’s a grifter, and he’s a scourge. He and [his sidekick] Sully are not good guys but they’re better than the bad guys. It’s a game, you know, they’re certainly rogues, and certainly don’t have a problem, even in the first game he just kind of [dumps journalist Elena Fisher] and it’s interesting. I think it’s gonna be, I honestly think this one’s got a real shot. And I was really glad when Shawn came on because I’m too deep into Bad Boys and I really wanna see that through. Too much sweat equity in that one; years of trying to do Uncharted. I’m flattered that these guys wanted me to write it. It’s a hell of a responsibility and hell of an opportunity and I don’t want to squander it now.


Anti-heroes are very much something that lie in Carnahan’s wheelhouse as a screenwriter (something illustrated by the characters featured in his previous work), so it’s only fitting that his script for an Uncharted movie would play up that aspect of the Nathan Drake character. It’s also a quality that isn’t always found in the most famous big screen protagonists who specialize in ancient history and tracking mysterious cultural landmarks as, their other faults aside, characters such as Indiana Jones and National Treasure‘s Benjamin Gates generally try to protect and preserve the artifacts they’re searching for. (How successful they tend to be at doing that, well, that’s another story…) Hence, making Nathan Drake more of a morally-ambiguous protagonist in the vein of, say, Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies should help to better distinguish Uncharted from its predecessors.



As for how many of Drake’s other qualities from the Uncharted games will be carried over into the live-action movie adaptation: Carnahan told Collider that he has already discussed how the film will differ from the original games with such people as Amy Hening and Neil Druckman (the director and writer, respectively, of Uncharted Drake’s Fortune). He didn’t offer too many specifics on what, exactly, those differences are, but did clarify that they’ve met Hening and Druckman’s approval. He also talked a bit more in-depth about what other elements in the Uncharted games will make the cut in the movie:
Certainly the signet ring. The harvest magnet, the whole Francis Drake legend, and his parentage, his lineage. I thought that was important. You’re dealing with a guy who’s an orphan, and I came at it that way—what’s some of the things that are important to someone who’s an orphan? In the fourth game they dispelled all that, but I thought it’s still kind of an interesting. What excuses would you make about your character if you held to this notion that you were the heir to this great explorer? Your ancestor’s this great dubious, nefarious explorer? If you believed somehow that was your birthright. Were you conning yourself? There’s some interesting character stuff you can do there. That and the insane, the big action stuff. I kept some characters I like and kind of reset them within that world so there’ll be names and familiar faces and so on, but they won’t necessarily be what they were in the game, which I think is important, you have to do that, create amalgams. I can’t imagine fans of Uncharted will be unhappy, at least with the screenplay. And I do think there’s some interesting, again, anti-Indiana Jones stuff going on, looting and pillaging these UNESCO sites and world heritage sites and also these uncharted realms. There’s 3 million shipwrecks all over the world that have never been seen. That to me is fascinating. So there’s a lot of that stuff, and a lot of that’s kinda new and improved, for lack of a better phrase. I think people will dig it, but I can’t imagine. But I’m sure someone’ll hate my guts, but that’s okay, a lot of people hate my guts.

In addition to all that, Carnahan told Collider that he and Levy have discussed the matter of who will play Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie – with Carnahan saying that right now scheduling needs to be figured out, before the pair even know which actors will be available to work on the video game film next year. There are different directions that the Uncharted movie could take in this respect too; the film could conceivably cast a 20-something actor to play a fresh-faced Nathan Drake or go with an older 30-40 something actor, possibly taking some cues from this year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (where Drake is a retired fortune hunter, pulled back into action). Expect to learn more on this matter in the foreseeable future, what with Uncharted now aiming to start production at long last and sooner, rather than later, next year.


Uncharted
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Source: Collider
 

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[h=1]Mark Wahlberg Not Attached To Uncharted Movie[/h]



Uncharted has been popular on gaming consoles since it arrived in 2007, but its journey to the big screen has been much more rocky. The action-adventure game, which follows treasure-hunting hero Nathan Drake, has been in development for years on end. David O. Russell (American Hustle) was attached to direct in 2014, then Neil Burger (Divergent), then Seth Gordon (Baywatch), but they all eventually fell through. A release date was planned for June of 2017 but canceled. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were even said to have been approached to pen a draft of the screenplay, though the job ultimately went to Joe Carnahan.
In October, however, it seemed things were finally looking up. Shawn Levy, best known for helming the Night At the Museum series — and, more recently, his work on Stranger Thingswas confirmed to direct. The film was fast-tracked, and Levy revealed he was aiming to begin filming in the spring of 2017. Names like Oscar Isaac, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine, Chris Evans, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were all thrown around on Twitter as potential leads. Mark Wahlberg, in particular, was frequently linked to Uncharted, though it was assumed he’d since dropped out.





On Monday, the Transformers: The Last Knight star officially squashed any lingering rumors that he’d be taking on the role of Drake — or any other, for that matter. During an interview with We Got This Covered, Wahlberg confirmed he was no longer on board. “As of now, no, I’m not attached,” he said. “If I was, you would have heard about it.” That doesn’t mean he won’t be approached at a later date, but the response to his potential role was mixed, so Levy may want to opt for someone who will hit stronger with players. As he told Collider:
“[I’ve been pitched] every actor who is ruggedly handsome, which is to say every movie star, and who looks anything like the square-jawed, chiseled-featured Drake. I’m not actually going to base my casting on Twitter suggestions. Maybe I’ve even said the name in this room; who knows?”
The singular “name” would seem to imply Levy has a specific person in mind, but he isn’t giving away any clues. He could go the big name route a la Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed, or maybe he’ll look to Nathan Fillion, who at one point campaigned for the role. Nonetheless, Drake is known for his distinctive personality, and the Uncharted fan base is fervent, so it will need to be a careful choice. For now, fans will simply have to wait for the announcement with bated breath.
Source: We Got This Covered
 

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[h=1]Uncharted: Joe Carnahan Completes ‘Monstrously Cool’ Script[/h]




Studios are still on the look out for the video game movie that will pave the way for more of its kind after Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed failed to meet expectations in 2016. The critical responses to these video game adaptations will not keep studios from trying to change the negative outlook of the genre and there are a few notable properties that could be part of turning it around. Tomb Raider and The Division are two properties with potential, but there is a lot of hope riding on Uncharted. The project began to receive good news throughout 2016 with Shawn Levy joining the project as director.
Joe Carnahan is penning the script for Levy’s film, but the urgency to get the project moving has remained up in the air since losing its 2017 release date. However, it looks like Nathan Drake is one step closer to going on his next adventure with Carnahan completing his screenplay.
Carnahan revealed on his Instagram that he had finished writing the script for Uncharted and took the opportunity to tease just how exciting it will be. There is still no word on casting or when it will hit theaters, but with Carnahan finishing his “monstrously cool” script, Sony can now move ahead in doing just that.
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Carnahan finishing the script now lines up with reports that the film is being fast tracked by Sony after Levy agreed to direct. While Carnahan used his Instagram post to tease the action elements he envisions, he previously discussed how he purposefully wrote Drake as an anti-Indiana Jones character. Action and character focus are both things that Carnahan has shown a knack for incorporating in his films, such as The Grey or A-Team. Should Carnahan’s script work on both of these levels, it may go a long way in helping Uncharted right the wrongs that video game movies have experienced in the past.Now that the Uncharted script is complete, Sony will (assuming they are happy with Carnahan’s work) move further into pre-production. Their first priority will likely be casting Nathan Drake and are looking for top tier talent with Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, and Nathan Fillion previously being rumored to be in consideration. With the studio now looking elsewhere for their lead, it should be interesting to see what other actors are now considered. Once they have found their man, the Uncharted may start filming shortly after.Uncharted is currently in development and does not have a release date.Source: Joe Carnahan
 

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[h=1]Uncharted: Possible Movie Start Date & Location[/h]

When it comes to difficult and sporadic production cycles, the live-action film version of Sony’s Uncharted video game series definitely ranked high among its would-be cinematic peers. But through some dogged determination and a new script by Joe Carnahan, the on again off again project is seemingly locked once again in the “on again” position. The film was fast-tracked back in October with Real Steel and Stranger Things director Shawn Levy attached to helm the project. Since then news surrounding the video-game-to-film adaptation has been trickling forth at a stead rate.
While there’s been no word on casting for the film as of yet, it seems the production is confident enough the major roles will be in place soon that a potential filming start date has reportedly surfaced, as well as a probable filming location. The news hints that things behind the scenes are progressing swimmingly, and that more announcements will likely be on the way soon, as the adventures of Nathan Drake – along with Sully, and Elena Fisher – are finally about to get the big-screen treatment that has been progressing in fits and starts since 2009.


The news on a possible start date comes from My Entertainment World (via All The Stuff You Care About), which lists “Late Spring 2017” as the possible commencement for the film’s production, and a rather apt location of Colombia and its stunning vista as the best way to capture the look and feel of the graphically impressive games. And although the information is could change, it likely means Uncharted is looking at a May start date in South America.





A Colombian location shoot should lend the film – at least the parts not requiring lots of special effects – a certain level of authenticity. Filming on location in Colombia was a huge part of the success of Netflix’s Narcos, as the commitment to verisimilitude, both in terms of the series’ visual aesthetic and its documentary-like reading of the material, delivered a finished product that rang true for many audiences. The same has yet to be proven by Levy’s efforts with Uncharted, but news that the director is aiming (at least partially) for an on-location shoot in South America feels like a step in the right direction.
Although it’s likely that productions on the scale of this one routinely undertake several tasks simultaneously, the discovery of a filming start date and location before a casting announcement may read to some as Sony and Levy putting the cart before the horse. With any luck, however, this news means that Uncharted is close to casting its leads and that much closer to making an announcement regarding just who will take on the role of fortune hunter Nathan Drake.
Screen Rant will have more details for you on Uncharted as they are made available.
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Source: My Entertainment World (via All The Stuff You Care About)
 

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[h=1]Uncharted Casts Spider-Man’s Tom Holland as Young Nathan Drake[/h]




Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland is stepping into another Sony-owned franchise, by starring in the Uncharted video game movie adaptation. The big screen take on the globe-trotting adventure game series has gone through a number of different writers and directors’ hands over the past several years, prior to Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Stranger Things) signing on to call the shots. While Levy is remaining onboard as director for the time being, Sony’s Uncharted movie is now undergoing yet another significant transformation, from a storytelling perspective.
The Uncharted film is now being designed as a prequel/origin story for the Uncharted games’ treasure-hunting protagonist Nathan Drake, with Holland (who returns as Peter Parker in this July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming) stepping in to play the younger version of the character. Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) delivered the most recent script draft for the Uncharted movie, but it sounds as though his screenplay won’t actually be used – as a new writer is being sought now, to plot out this fresh iteration of the project.


According to Deadline, the Uncharted movie will take heavy inspiration from the third installment in the original video game series, aka. 2011’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. To be exact, the film will be based on the flashback in Drake’s Deception that reveals how the young Drake (then but a simple thief) first crossed paths with Victor “Sully” Sullivan: the rogue who became Drake’s father figure and mentor, training him in the “art” of seeking a fortune through hunting ancient treasures around the world.



Young Nathan Drake from Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

While last year’s release Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End also explores Nathan Drake’s backstory and history prior to the events in the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune video game, there is no indication in Deadline‘s report that the movie adaptation will take inspiration from the plotline of A Thief’s End. It sounds like the plan is for the Uncharted movie to instead be a full-blown origin story for the Nathan Drake character, leaving the door open for the potential sequel(s) to adapt story elements from A Thief’s End and the events in the Uncharted games that take place after the flashback in Drake’s Deception.
Fellow video game-based movie franchise Tomb Raider is also going the origin story route, with Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander playing a college-age version of Lara Croft in the reboot. Similar to this year’s American Assassin adaptation, it sounds as though the Uncharted film in particular will revolve around the father/son-style relationship between the franchise’s protagonist in his early years and the crusty mentor figure, who takes them under his wing. In fact, that’s not too far off from the approach of Spider-Man: Homecoming either, seeing as Holland’s Peter Parker is mentored by Iron Man himself, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), in that film.


We will bring you more information about the Uncharted movie as it becomes available.
Source: Deadline
 

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[h=1]Uncharted Movie Director: It’s Indiana Jones for a New Generation[/h]




Shawn Levy has recently discussed his upcoming Uncharted movie adaptation, comparing it to Indiana Jones. Naughty Dog’s video game series of the same name is considered one of the best action-adventure titles in modern gaming history, and the studio’s cinematic approach to the story and gameplay make it the perfect choice for a movie adaptation. Stranger Things director and producer Shawn Levy signed on to helm the project last year, with The Grey director Joe Carnahan writing the script.
Carnahan turned in his draft earlier this year, with filming originally scheduled to begin this past spring. However, Sony Pictures recently decided to alter the story after discussing the project with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, who suggested they make an origin story instead. Holland is now attached to play a young Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted video game adaptation, with Levy still attached to direct. There’s currently no word on when the movie will go into production, especially with Holland’s schedule booked for the foreseeable future, but Levy has an idea of the type of movie that he wants to make.
[h=3]Related: Uncharted: Tom Holland Came Up With Origin Story Idea[/h]In an interview with Nerdist, Levy discussed the cinematic potential for the Uncharted franchise and its draw to modern-day audiences, as well as why an origin story works better than a straight video game adaptation that they initially had planned.






“So, for me, it was a fact that the game is awesome; the spirit of the game, with its action set pieces, it’s imaginative setting, and above all, the kind of rogue swagger of Nathan. Those are things that I think make for a great movie. And, for me, the kind of the big, like the aha moment, if you want to call it that, was I met with Tom Holland and he kind of put it really succinctly and saying, if we do the origin of Drake, that is something that we haven’t seen as the plot of games 1, 2, 3, 4; we’ve seen a snippet of an origin of Sully and Drake meeting in the past, but here’s maybe an opportunity to do a treasure-hunting action movie with attitude, with a protagonist — and chapter of the protagonist’s life — that you can’t get for free, at home, by just playing the game.
“So, we’re trying to kind of take the spirit and the tone and the attitude of the game — and the crazy, visual spectacle of it — but apply it to this Drake chapter that you haven’t seen told. Hopefully, if we can get that right, what you’re doing is: you’re doing right by Uncharted, and you’re also giving an Indiana Jones-type franchise to an audience that didn’t grow up on Indiana Jones.”




The comparison between the Uncharted franchise and Indiana Jones films is something that people have discussed in great detail before, and it’s a comparison that will come up once again when the film hits theaters. However, differentiating itself from Lucasfilm’s beloved treasure-hunting franchise isn’t the only thing that plagues the upcoming video game movie. Levy understands that past video game movies have failed to achieve critical and commercial success, and he believes that he has identified the key elements in making video game movies work.
“Well, for one thing, as I think we’ve all seen as fans — for 15 years at least — straight adaptations of games. I don’t know that any have ever worked. Either they’re bad, or they’re decent but still unsuccessful. …I don’t want to just do a live-action version of action sequences we’ve seen in the game; I want action sequences that are equal in audacity but aren’t what you played. Secondly, I think the only thing you can make sure you do, to differentiate, is a deeper dive into character. So, whether it’s Sully, whether it’s Drake, whether it’s Elena or Chloe, or whoever the characters are — I’m not saying who’s in this movie — I think as a film director, the onus is on me to take a deeper, more nuanced dive into character, because that’s kind of what a movie needs to be truly cinematic. It needs visuals and it needs that nuanced dive in character.”




It’s no secret that movie studios have struggled with video game movie adaptations in the past, and not all of them have been direct adaptations of their source material. However, Uncharted has the potential to start fresh with a concept that appeals to general audiences, especially now that Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider are coming back into the fold with new installments releasing over the next few years. We’ll just have to see Uncharted can break the ever-present video game movie curse.
[h=2]Source: Nerdist[/h]
 

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[h=1]Naughty Dog Director Praises Uncharted Origin Movie Idea[/h]






As far as video games ready for a feature film adaptation, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series seems to be at the top of the list. But the company’s creative director Neil Druckmann doesn’t want a direct adaptation of any one chapter of the franchise. Instead, Druckmann says he’s looking forward to the planned origin story of Nathan Drake, as will presumably be told by Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy and current MCU Spider-Man, Tom Holland.


Druckmann’s comments come as Hollywood is still searching for a true critical and financial hit to come from the world of video games. Past attempts have attracted some big names, like Michael Fassbender, Angelina Jolie, and Jake Gyllenhaal, but none have achieved the same level of success as, say, adaptations of comic books. That may be subject to change, with both Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider reboot and the Dwayne Johnson-led Rampage set to arrive in theaters this year. Given Johnson’s recent success with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the idea of him chasing down giant CGI beasts with the help of an overgrown gorilla buddy suggests it stands a chance of at least having a solid return at the box office. The potential for Tomb Raider’s success, however, comes with more of a question mark attached.
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Should those movies fail to connect with critics and moviegoers, that might leave Levy’s Uncharted film as the industry’s next hope of breaking the dreaded video game curse — provided you think there even is such a thing. And while speaking with 10 Cloverfield Lane director, Dan Trachtenberg, at DICE Summit 2018, Druckmann believes the direction the film is headed is the right one. Druckmann said:




The Uncharted movie, yeah, we’ve had some conversations with Shawn Levy. And he’s really passionate, gets it, and I think he understands where we’re at. We’ve kind of evolved our feelings towards these kind of adaptations over the years. We used to just be excited, ‘Oh, my god, movies are looking at us. There could be an Uncharted movie on the screen.’ And then as more time passes on, we’re not excited about a direct adaptation of the story we told, because we feel like we’ve already told that story very well, cinematically, so I don’t know what else you could bring to it. … [Shawn Levy] wanting to tell a different story than the main four adventures – with potentially a young Nathan Drake, that fills in the gaps – I think is a lot more interesting than trying to retell Uncharted 1, 2, 3, and 4.”
Druckmann makes a good point, as the Uncharted games weren’t praised simply for their graphics or action sequences; they often earned high marks for their storytelling. The level of writing craft on those games is part of why Nathan Drake seems like a natural fit for the big screen — because Naughty Dog has already delivered narratives that feel like they’re on par with a big summer blockbuster. And when Druckmann says, “We’ve already told that story very well” it’s difficult to argue against the point he’s making.
In addition, an Uncharted movie is already going to be facing a number of challenges, so asking that it also be a faithful retelling of a story that was already done about as well as it could be, and in a similar medium, is really stacking the deck against it. Skepticism for a young Nathan Drake film isn’t going to completely go away, but perhaps Druckmann’s points will be enough to change a few people’s minds.


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[h=1]Uncharted Movie Loses Director Shawn Levy[/h]

Sony's Uncharted movie has lost director Shawn Levy. The studio has been trying to get the live-action movie adaptation of the hit video game series off the ground for years, but has struggled to do so. That appeared to have changed when Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy joined in 2016.
At the time of his addition, it was reported that Sony and Levy were hoping to "fast-track" Uncharted's production, but that clearly has yet to happen. They did make progress on the casting front, with Sony recruiting their Spider-Man star Tom Holland. The pairing of Holland and Levy was set to come together to tell an origin story of explorer Nathan Drake, an idea that Holland himself pitched for the movie. Just earlier this fall, Levy mentioned that the project's status was merely a matter of scheduling, and it appears his is now too full to be involved.



THR revealed that Levy has exited Uncharted as its director. The timing of this comes as another video game related project of Levy's was green-lit, so this is a matter of scheduling and not the usual "creative differences" that often are the cause for such exits. But, the loss of Levy for Uncharted has simply restarted the director search process, which is now ongoing. The good news is that Holland remains attached to star even after Levy left.





This is just the latest step backwards for Uncharted to take, but it'll hopefully be the last at this stage. Since Levy's work on his other movie is resulting in the scheduling conflict with Uncharted, this should be a sign that Sony still has plans to make the movie in the near future. It should once again just come down to Holland's schedule, but they must have at least a rough timetable in mind if Levy's work on the other project overlaps with the time he'd be needed for Uncharted.


Holland's schedule is currently fairly open now too, since he's wrapped on
Spider-Man: Far From Home. He will have to go back for reshoots at some point next year, and is also set to do the same on Chaos Walking once Daisy Ridley is done filming Star Wars: Episode IX. Holland will have to go on a large promotional campaign next year too for Far From Home, and may even have some requirements for Avengers: Endgame, so that could factor into his busy schedule. But, other than reshoots and promo tours, the only other project on Holland's plate that will have to fight for filming time is The Devil All the Time, which is reportedly set to start filming in February. This could allow Uncharted to film in the second half of 2019, giving Sony a few more months to find a director and finalize their vision.

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[h=1]Uncharted Movie Recruits 10 Cloverfield Lane Director[/h]
Dan Trachtenberg has signed on to direct Sony's Uncharted video game movie adaptation, with Tom Holland still attached to star. The Uncharted video games are an action-adventure series that follow Nathan "Nate" Drake, an Indiana Jones-esque treasure hunter who travels the globe searching for a variety of historical locations and artifacts. Sony has been working on a live-action Uncharted movie for years now, but the project has struggled to move forward over that time.
Finally, in 2017, the studio decided to go in a different direction and cast Holland - who plays Peter Parker in the studio's Marvel Cinematic UniverseSpider-Man films - as a younger version of Nathan Drake, based on a story idea pitched by Holland himself. The project seemed to be moving forward at last until this past December, when Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Stranger Things) stepped down as director due to newfound scheduling issues. Fortunately, Sony has already found his replacement.


According to Variety, Trachtenberg is set to direct Uncharted and could start production sometime this year. Sony has yet to set a firm filming start date while they try and figure out Holland's upcoming press tour for this summer's sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, the plan is for Trachtenberg to roll camera (with Holland starring) before 2019 draws to a close.





Trachtenberg directed the Portal: No Escape short and co-hosted The Totally Rad Show (a podcast focused on movies, TV, comic books, and video games) before he made his feature debut with 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane. The latter was a (mostly) single-setting thriller that took place in the Cloverfield universe and earned more than its share of critical acclaim for Trachtenberg's precise storytelling and direction. Trachtenberg has since directed the Black Mirrorepisode "Playtest" and called the shots on the pilot for the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, based on the comic books by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.

Funnily enough, Trachtenberg hinted at his involvement with Uncharted last month, when (for, at the time, no apparent reason)
he retweeted a linkpromoting the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on Amazon. He has a pretty impressive and accomplished body of work in geek pop culture under his belt already, having even adapted video games into short films in the past. It'll be exciting to see what he makes of the Uncharted property, gauging by what he did with a limited budget and fewer resources on 10 Cloverfield Lane alone. Of course, that's assuming the film can actually make its way beyond pre-production, this time around.



We will bring you more details on Uncharted as they become available.
Source: Variety

 

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[h=1]Uncharted Movie with Tom Holland Releasing Winter 2020[/h]


Sony's Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake will hit theaters next year. The video game movie genre has long been considered to be cursed in Hollywood after decades of lacking adaptations. With the recent successes of Tomb Raider and Detective Pikachu,though, thisbelief is changing. This could be good news for several different video game movies that have been stuck in development, and the Uncharted movie appears to be one that's picking up steam.
Holland was cast in the lead role of Nathan Drake over two years ago, but he has yet to get the chance to play the adventurer. Sony brought him aboard the franchise after seeing how well audiences took to his new version of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it was Holland who suggested a young Nathan Drake approach for a movie. Holland was set to be paired with Shawn Levy as the director, but he had to leave the project late last year.




Earlier this year, Sony brought 10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg on board to direct the film, and after a few more months of development, has locked down a release date. As shared by THR, Sony has given Uncharted a December 18, 2020 release date. The date is a huge step forward for the movie and will put it up against Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake in its opening weekend.




Sony's decision to put Uncharted in this 2020 holiday window could pay off in a major way. The Uncharted video game franchise is one of the most popular, with 2016's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End being the best-selling entry in the franchise and one of the biggest PlayStation 4 games ever, so there will be plenty of interest in the movie. However, Sony is also taking advantage of the rare December without a Star Wars, Avatar, or DC movie already dated. The studio had great success with fellow adventure film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017, so they could be hoping Uncharted can have similar success.


The December 2020 release date also means that more information on Uncharted should come as the year goes on. Production will likely begin by the end of the year, so casting announcements could surface within the next few months. One of the key roles that the movie needs to fill is that of Sully, Nathan's mentor, and Holland has previously hoped that his fellow MCU stars
Jake Gyllenhaal or Chris Pratt will take this role. That said, this is just his wish for the casting process, and neither actor has been linked to the project at this point, but we will hopefully know more about Uncharted sooner rather than later.


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[h=1]Sony's Uncharted Movie Recruits Bumblebee Director Travis Knight[/h]

Bumblebee helmsman Travis Knight is now the latest director to sign on for Sony's Uncharted video game movie adaptation. The news arrives on what's already been a busy day of announcements concerning Uncharted star Tom Holland, with Sony and Marvel Studios having officially closed a deal to work on Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (not the actual title) and scheduled the MCU adventure for a Summer 2021 release.
Holland is currently set to star in Uncharted as a younger version of treasure hunter Nathan Drake from the original games. It's a far cry from the version of the project that David O. Russell was developing almost a decade ago, which would've seen Mark Wahlberg suit up as Nathan Drake, with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci costarring as, respectively, his father and uncle. The Unchartedmovie has since seen a number of directors come and go, transforming into a prequel about the younger Drake along the way.


Following 10 Cloverfield Lane helmer Dan Trachtenberg's departure as director in August, Deadline reports that Knight has entered negotiations to helm Uncharted, with production slated to begin in early 2020. Assuming he closes the deal, Knight will draw from a new script written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man, Men in Black: International) in collaboration withAgents of SHIELD veteran Rafe Judkins. The latter also wrote The Divisionvideo game movie that's set up at Netflix.




Knight comes from a background in animation and made his feature debut with 2016's Oscar-nominated stop motion fantasy adventure, Kubo and the Two Strings. He made an equally big splash with his live-action debut on last year's spinoff-prequel Bumblebee, which received (easily) the most positive critical response to a Transformers movie so far, and demonstrated that Knight knows how to combine thoughtful storytelling with slick CG-heavy spectacle. Paramount is said to be working on a Bumblebee sequel at the moment, but there haven't been any major updates on the project in recent months, and it's not even clear if Knight is planning to return for the followup at all (assuming it does, in fact, eventually happen).

Although Knight closed a deal to
direct Wahlberg's The Six Billion Dollar Manreboot in April, the plan is for him to make Uncharted first. The latter is on a tight schedule if it wants to make its current December 2020 date, seeing as it needs to get through production before Holland sets to work on his upcomingSpider-Man movie next year. Fortunately, Knight seems up to the task of not only becoming the director who - at long last - gets Uncharted off the ground, but delivering an entertaining Indiana Jones-style action-adventure in time for next year's winter holiday frame.

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[h=1]Uncharted Movie Casts Antonio Banderas, New Director Confirmed[/h]


Sony's Uncharted movie adds Antonio Banderas and two other actors to its cast. Ruben Fleischer (Venom) is now set to direct the video game adaptation.





  • Antonio Banderas has joined the Uncharted movie cast, with Ruben Fleischer set as director. After losing half a dozen directors over the course of more than a decade of development, it appears Sony's adaptation of Naughty Dog's action-adventure video game series is finally about to happen. The film only just bid farewell to its last helmer, Travis Knight, in December and saw its release date pushed back three months to March 2021 in response. Since then, however, star Tom Holland has confirmed the plan is to start production on the movie sometime this monthin Berlin.
    Unlike the first game, the Uncharted movie will serve as an origin story for treasure hunter Nathan Drake, with Holland playing a 20-ish version of the character opposite Mark Wahlberg(who was once attached to play Drake himself) as his mentor, Victor "Sully" Sullivan. Back in January, it was reported Sony wanted its longtime collaborator Fleischer to replace Knight at the helm, but it hasn't been clear since then if a deal closed or not. Thankfully, there's now confirmation of Fleischer's involvement, as part of an update involving an intriguing new cast addition.



    Variety is reporting Banderas has joined the Uncharted cast, with Sophia Ali (Grey's Anatomy) and Tati Gabrielle (The 100) also signing on to play roles. The site has also confirmed Fleischer is set to direct the movie, drawing from the most recent script draft written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man, Men in Black: International).




    Fleischer and Sony have been collaborating for more than a decade, going back to the former's feature debut on Zombieland in 2009. He would later helm the studio's highly-lucrative Venommovie and only passed on directing Venom 2 because he was busy editing Zombieland: Double Tap back when pre-production was ramping up on the Spider-Man spinoff last year. All things considered, it makes sense that Sony turned to him to oversee Uncharted; he's proven capable at getting franchise movies through production quickly and without much fuss, which is exactly what they want at this point. His previous Sony films haven't all been box office successes (see also: his action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less), but he has more hits than misses to his name and should be able to deliver the type of crowd-pleaser the studio is looking for here.
    As for Banderas, he's coming off his Best Actor Oscar nominated performance from Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed autobiographical drama Pain and Glory, in addition to his turn in January's not-so-successful Dolittle. There's no word yet on whether he, Ali, and Gabrielle are playing characters from the Uncharted video games or brand-new creations in the movie, but Banderas in particular is always a welcome addition. Given his pedigree, it stands to reason Banderas is playing a significant role, and might well be bringing the movie's mysterious villain to life. Hopefully, additional information will be made available around the time Unchartedrolls camera this month.

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