Boy, have the times changed! Almost a decade ago a little game by the name of ‘Uncharted’ hit video game consoles everywhere. It wasn’t long until the action/adventure release sold over 17 million copies while getting a fanbase easily twice that size. Since it’s obviously successful release the franchise has been eagerly looking to turn itself into a feature film with some top notch talent at the helm. Ten years ago we are sure a guy like Chris Pratt would have been ecstatic to take the reins but ever since his turn in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as well as ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, it will take more than money to get his time. Even so, reports are coming out that the ‘Uncharted’ film adaptation has acquired it’s own Oscar winning writer.
The process to develop ‘Uncharted’ has been going on since 2008 with Sony Pictures desperately trying to get the right crew together. This ‘Indiana Jones’ style romp would need a director and writer with panache, someone that was able to blend style with humor and never slack off during the action. The big guys in Hollywood like Tom Rothman are excited about seeing how this film develops. That’s why guys like David Guggenheim (Safe House w/ Ryan Reynolds) and Thomas Dean Donnelly (Sahara) had been attached. Marianne and Cormac Wibberly, the couple behind ‘National Treasure’, were even briefly brought on. But now it’s come down to Mark Boal, the man behind ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.
While Boal seems like an odd choice to bring aboard as head writer, we think it makes perfect sense. ‘Uncharted’ is going to rely on a tight pace with suspense dripping in every scene, something we’re sure Boal can get right.