Just when it looked like we might finally get a movie based on the beloved Uncharted videogame franchise, the wheels fall off and this thing heads right back into development hell. Again.
A film adaptation of the game series, which is basically a mix of Indiana Jones and National Treasure (in the best possible way), has been in the works since around 2008. After more fits and false starts than we can count, director Seth Gordon signed on in 2014 and the film finally looked like it might actually enter production. Well, think again.
The Wrap confirms Gordon has left the project, apparently over creative and budgetary issues passed down from the Sony brass. Apparently Gordon’s pitch was for a big-budget adaptation, but Sony chief Tom Rothman didn’t want to commit that type of money to the project. So Gordon left, and now this one is heading in a “new creative direction.” Which means, you know, development hell for a few more years while they figure out how to make the film on a more manageable budget.
The game is a major franchise, to be sure, and anyone who has played it can attest to the fact that it’s custom-built for the big screen. But as far as bankable projects go, it’s still a bit of a risk. Without a massive star to take the title role of Nathan Drake (if Indiana Jones doesn’t work out, maybe Chris Pratt will be available?), it seems the studio wants to manage expectations before pulling the trigger on Uncharted.
What would you like to see happen with Uncharted? Do you think it’ll ever make it to the big screen?