The Uncharted movie is still alive at Sony, believe it or not. An adaptation of the beloved video game franchise has been in the works for years, and while Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon was most recently attached to direct, he fell off the project last summer as the studio opted to take a new creative approach to the film under new Sony chief Tom Rothman’s tutelage.
That was a while ago, but now Variety reports that Joe Carnahan has come aboard the project as its new screenwriter, although he won’t be directing due to scheduling conflicts with Bad Boys 3, which is his next film. Carnahan told Variety he’d love to take a crack at directing the pic, but it can’t happen unless production on Bad Boys 3 is pushed back for some reason:
“In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script… 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.”
Carnahan is, of course, the writer/director behind films like Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team, and the excellent 2011 feature The Grey. The filmmaker most recently directed the crime comedy Stretch, which ran into a spot of trouble when Universal Pictures decided—after production was complete—that they didn’t want to release the film in theaters. It was eventually released straight to VOD, and Carnahan subsequently landed the gig of writing and directing the long-awaited Bad Boys sequel, which begins production early next year after Will Smith wraps his sci-fi actioner Bright for Netflix.
Uncharted has had a rocky history, with David O. Russell and Neil Burger previously attached to direct before falling out. Sony approached Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to pen the script for the action-adventure film numerous times, and after Gordon’s hiring, Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal was brought in to touch up the script.
One imagines Carnahan will be starting from scratch with this “new direction” the picture is taking, and the news comes on the heels of glowing responses to the most recent installment in the game franchise, Uncharted 4. Perhaps by getting Carnahan to finish a complete script first, Sony will have more luck finding a director that sticks going forward. The film has a targeted release date of June 30, 2017.
Fans of the "UNCHARTED" series.
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— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 29, 2016