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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For those who aren’t familiar with the games, you play as Nathan Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake and an explorer who seeks out mythical cities like Shangri-La and El Dorado in the hopes of finding treasure only to discover plenty of bad guys want the treasure too. Eventually, he discovers there are also strange, dangerous beasts roaming around because Video Games.
Mark Wahlberg had been attached to the project for some time, and when we spoke to him as recently as this past summer, he named Uncharted as something he still might do. However, THR reports that he’s dropped out and that the studio made an offer to Chris Pratt, but he passed. Pratt may have been an excellent Drake, but the character’s swashbuckling attitude could have been a little too close to Star-Lord and maybe even Pratt’s Jurassic World character, so it’s a smart movie for the actor to avoid being typecast.
THR also notes that Boal continues to work on the drug-trade drama Triple Frontier for Kathryn Bigelow to direct. He’s also penning a screenplay based on the controversial release of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from the Taliban in exchange for five members held in Guantanamo Bay. While I definitely don’t want to see Boal leave these two projects, Uncharted just got way more interesting. Now they just need to find the right actor to play Drake.