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.
“I think very early next year. That’s the plan. That’s like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for the movie… It’s going to honor the mythology of the game, but I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there. There’s some stuff that isn’t in the game.”
Gordon went on to elaborate about expanding the story beyond the game with the aim of making something fresh and exciting:
“I love the complexity and frankly the sophistication of the storytelling in the game, and we aspire to that — but don’t want to tell the exact same story, of course — so something that doesn’t break the rules of what it did but expands. Because I feel like the people who play the games and know them well don’t want to just see the same story told. You want extra shades.”
“I want it to be a great actor. That’s number one, and then if it’s someone who has an actual jaw, that’s even better. The game is so well done that you need it to live up to that. There’s no way we’d do the inverse of that where it’s somebody famous who can’t [act].”
Should the plan to start filming in early 2015 hold, expect to start hearing some casting news later this fall.