UNCHARTED Brings on THE HURT LOCKER Screenwriter Mark Boal to Work on Script; Film Still Looking for Lead

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When we last checked in on Sony’s long-gestating adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted, they had set a release date for June 10, 2016 with Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) with an eye to start filming in early 2015.  However, it looks like the script still isn’t ready yet as THR reports that Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) is coming in to work on the screenplay.  He’s the latest in a long line of screenwriters that includes Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer (the writer of Sahara, not the director The Act of Killing), David Guggenheim, and Cormac & Marianne Wibberley.  Boal, a former journalist who also wrote Zero Dark Thirty, is an unexpected choice to work on a screenplay for a blockbuster that’s in the vein of Indiana Jones, but THR says he’s a fan of the video game.

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UNCHARTED Movie Release Date Set for June 10, 2016

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Sony’s adaptation of their best-selling video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune has been in the works for years.  David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) was attached several years ago, and after he left the project, Neil Burger (Divergent) stepped in, but he eventually dropped out as well.  Earlier this year, director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) signed on to direct, and last week he said he hopes to begin filming in early 2015.  Now, THR’s Borys Kit has tweeted that the Uncharted release date will be June 10, 2016.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise, it follow treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who is the descendant of famous explorer Sir Francis Drake.  The games carry a blockbuster attitude as they take the player around the wisecracking, Indiana Jones-inspired protagonist around the globe to find fabled cities like El Dorado and Shangri-La.  The Uncharted games are pretty much interactive movies if movies featured a hero who killed hundreds of people and had incredible dexterity.  They’re really fun.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for the first game.

UNCHARTED Movie Aiming to Start Production in Early 2015

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An Uncharted movie has been in development for years.  Fans of the video game series have been eager to see the adventurous story of Nathan Drake come to the screen, and a few different filmmakers have tried to get the project off the ground.  David O. Russell was attached to direct for a while, then eventually dropped out.  Neil Burger (Divergent) flirted with the pic as well, but he too fell by the wayside.  Even Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were approached to pen an adaptation, but they subsequently declined.  Finally, earlier this year, Columbia Pictures tapped Horrible Bosses and The King of Kong director Seth Gordon to take the helm.

Gordon hasn’t departed the project yet so things appear to be going smoothly, and in fact the filmmaker recently revealed that the plan is to start filming early next year.  More after the jump.

Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Michael Bay, If He’s Thanked Paul Thomas Anderson, TED 2, Other Future Projects, More

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Loaded with almost non-stop action, a great new villain (Lockdown), Dinobots, and an ass-kicking Mark Wahlberg, Transformers: Age of Extinction really is the beginning of a new chapter in the Transformers movie universe.  Also, throughout the fourth installment, director Michael Bay has peppered in a lot of interesting questions about the history of the Transformers and I’d imagine the next sequel (or sequels) will start to unravel the mysteries.  While Bay could have just done another Autobot vs Decepticon story and most fans would have been satisfied, I’m glad he pushed the franchise forward with new characters and questions, and am looking forward to where it goes from here.

A few days ago in Hong Kong I landed an exclusive video interview with Mark Wahlberg.  He talked about what it was like working with Bay, filming the action, how the cast was placed in the heart of the explosions, if he’s thanked Paul Thomas Anderson for getting him this role, the last time he sang “The Touch,” how the most scared he’s ever been making a movie was while filming a sequence in Hong Kong, and future projects like Ted 2, Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell, Uncharted, The Six Billion Dollar Man, American Desperados, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.


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Yesterday, we got a slew of new trailers from Microsoft’s Xbox presentation, and now we have even more from what Sony has on tap for PlayStation.  Like Xbox, there are plenty of highly-anticipated sequels such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, infamous First Light, and more.  There’s also Destiny, the big, new game from Halo developers Bungie.  And like Microsoft is porting the Halo series to the next-gen, Sony is following suit by bringing The Last of Us to the PlayStation 4 with The Last of Us: Remastered.  But when it comes to new versions of old games, I’m incredibly excited for the Grim Fandango remake, the critically acclaimed PC game that will now be on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

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HORRIBLE BOSSES Director Seth Gordon in Negotiations to Helm UNCHARTED

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While comic book movie adaptations currently reign supreme, video game adaptations may be the next big thing.  One highly anticipated live-action feature film that takes inspiration from the world of interactive gaming is Sony’s action-adventure picture Uncharted.  Though the project has had such directors as David O. Russell involved, the helm remains vacant.  That could all be about to change, as new reports have director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) in negotiations with the studio.  Hit the jump for more.

Avi Arad Talks UNCHARTED, METAL GEAR SOLID, and MASS EFFECT Movies; Says UNCHARTED Is Closest to Happening

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The hit game series Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, and Mass Effect have all had film adaptations stuck in development hell for years.  Uncharted came the closest to the big screen when David O. Russell was attached to write and direct and Mark Wahlberg on board to star as the treasure hunting hero Nathan Drake, but that fell apart.  Neil Burger then got in the director’s chair, but he departed the project about a year later.   Metal Gear Solid has been in development for over five years, and exactly one year ago, we reported that video game developer Konami was actively developing an adaptation.  It’s gone silent ever since.  And as for Mass Effect, almost a year ago we reported that Morgan Davis Foehl had taken over writing duties on the film adaptation.

Now Avi Arad, who is producing all three movies, has provided updates on their status, and the difficulties of adapting video games for the big screen.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

THIS IS THE END Co-Writers/Directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Were Approached Multiple Times to Pen UNCHARTED Movie

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It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard anything about an adaptation of the hit gaming series, Uncharted.  Director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) seemed particularly interested at one point, but then he dropped out, his replacement Neil Burger (Limitless) dropped out, and writing duties were handed over to National Treasure scribes Marianne and Cormac WibberleyUncharted fans don’t seem to mind a movie, which is a bit strange since the games are basically very long movies where you occasionally press buttons to either climb, do cover-based shooting, or quicktime events.  While bringing in the Wibberleys seemed like a sensible choice considering their past work, Naughty Dog also approached an unlikely duo on multiple occasions.  According to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the video game studio asked them on multiple occasions to adapt the game.

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Emily Rose Talks HAVEN, a Darker and More Ambitious Season 3, and Her Hopes for an UNCHARTED Movie

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The scary mysteries and odd eccentricities of a very unique coastal Maine town will continue to unfold in Season 3 of the Syfy drama series Haven, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. Picking up immediately following the events of the gripping Season 2 finale, with Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) having been kidnapped, longtime adversaries Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour) must put aside their differences, long enough to find and save her. Although this season will continue to explore the lives of the residents of Haven and their “troubles,” which include a variety of supernatural afflictions, it will also start to delve deeper into the mythology behind the bigger questions of, who is Audrey Parker, why does she return to Haven every 27 years with a new identity, and what is her connection to this special town?

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emily Rose talked about how Season 3 will be a lot darker and more ambitious, the long-term story that will deal with Audrey’s mystery abductor, how this season will be a real reward for the fans who have been watching since the beginning, how much fun it was to get to further explore the mystery of The Colorado Kid, how blessed she feels to be able to take such a journey with her character, whether or not she thinks Audrey and Nathan will ever be on the same page, and their great line-up of guest stars. She also talked about how her dream roles include doing a Western, as well as a movie version of the Uncharted video game series, for which she voices the character Elena Fisher. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

NATIONAL TREASURE Scribes Tapped to Rewrite UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE; Neil Burger No Longer Attached to Direct

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Sony Pictures is moving forward with their adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, as the project now has new writers.  Variety reports that Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure) will rewrite the script which was previously written by Neil Burger.  The Ilusionist and Limitless director signed on to write and direct Uncharted last summer, but Variety now notes that he’s no longer involved with the project.  He recently entered talks to direct the young adult adaptation Divergent, so that may have had something to do with his departure.

Uncharted has been in development for quite some time, and before Burger was attached it was David O. Russell that was planning on directing.  Sony now wants to wait until the Wibberleys finish their script before they start the search for another director.

Exclusive: Director Neil Burger Talks UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE and LIMITLESS DVD/Blu-ray

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The sci-fi thriller Limitless, available on DVD and Blu-ray on July 19th, is an intense and gripping adrenaline rush, starring Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, a burnt-out writer who discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his brain’s capacity. He instantly acquires mind-bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him everything he could have ever dreamed or desired, but his life soon becomes a waking nightmare, as the drug’s brutal side effects take their toll. Now with an unrated extended cut, an alternate ending, making of features, deleted scenes and audio commentary, the box office success can be enjoyed even further on DVD and Blu-ray.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Limitless director Neil Burger talked about how excited he is for people to see the extended cut that is wilder and more extreme than the PG-13 theatrical release, why it took time to perfect the ending of the film, how he believes you shouldn’t reveal everything with the audio commentary, and that he was relieved with how successful the film was. He also talked about recently signing on to helm the big screen adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, rewriting the script and starting over from scratch, how the already cinematic video game has a great character and some intense moments that he’s looking forward to translating for film, and that he hopes to take fans of the game and moviegoers on an exhilarating ride. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Neil Burger to Write and Direct UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE

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Neil Burger (Limitless) has signed on to write and direct the adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  Burger replaces David O. Russell who left the project in May after Sony disagreed with O. Russell’s decision not to give fans exactly what they think they wanted (which, if it’s a straight adaptation of Drake’s Fortune, is just a video game they can’t play).  Variety reports that “producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner sparked to [Burger's] new take on the pic.”

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David O. Russell Circling MALEFICENT, Talks About Upcoming Projects and Why He Left UNCHARTED

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When a director is coming off an Oscar nomination, or better yet a win, he or she automatically has some clout in choosing his or her next project.  It’s a tough decision, and you may only get once chance, so you best choose wisely. David O. Russell, coming off his Oscar nomination for The Fighter, seems to be circling 1,000 projects at the moment, and another one has just been added to the list.  THR reports that Russell is currently one of the directors being considered to helm Disney’s fantasy flick Maleficent. Angelina Jolie is attached to star, and Tim Burton was previously set to direct before backing out last month.

Disney is looking at a number of directors for the job (Darren Aronofsky and David Yates have been mentioned) and Russell has plenty on his plate already, so this deal is far from a sure thing, but it appears Russell is on the list of candidates.  The Fighter director recently dropped out as director of Uncharted, and today he explained a bit about why he left that project.  Hit the jump to check out what he had to say, which includes updates on a number of his upcoming projects.

Sony Ditches David O. Russell’s UNCHARTED Script; New Details on His Departure

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Yesterday, we reported that director David O. Russell had left Sony’s adaptation of their hit video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  No reason was given at the time but it looked like O. Russell was moving on to direct an adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook instead.  Today, 24 Frames has new details on O. Russell’s departure from the project.  It appears that O. Russell’s script was so long, ambitious, and perhaps most damning (from Sony’s perspective), it added plenty of characters who weren’t in the video game.  As we reported last year, O. Russell had apparently changed Nathan Drake from a lone adventurer to a participant in a family of treasure hunters.  That change wasn’t totally surprising considering that most of O. Russell’s filmography explores family dynamics, but for fans and for Sony, such a change is probably anathema to what they want: their video game faithfully transplanted to the big screen.

Sony will hire a new director and screenwriter to work from an earlier draft by Conan the Barbarian screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.  Mark Wahlberg has most likely left the project and a summer 2012 release looks doubtful.

David O. Russell No Longer Directing UNCHARTED

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David O. Russell has dropped out of directing the adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  The news doesn’t come as a total surprise since a couple weeks ago we learned that O. Russell was keen to adapt the novel The Silver Linings Playbook with Mark Wahlberg attached to star.  Deadline reports that Sony is hiring a new writer and they’re still determined to make the movie.  A new writer makes sense since O. Russell’s take on the material wasn’t a straight adaptation of the video game but rather recast protagonist Nathan Drake (played by Wahlberg) as part of a family of treasure hunters that would include his father and uncle with Wahlberg keen to have Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci play those roles.

Presumably, if O. Russell is out, then Wahlberg might leave the project as well and he has plenty of other movies he could make instead.  If that’s the case, then expect fans to renew their cries that Nathan Fillion should play Drake.

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