Uncharted is quite possibly Sony’s most popular exclusive title for the PlayStation 3 video game console. The franchise, which has now received three entries, features stunning visuals, interesting characters and engaging storylines.
That’s why several years ago Sony started producing a major motion picture based on the franchise. Unfortunately, the project becomes an ever stinkier pile of dog doo every day.
Initially, the Uncharted movie was assigned to The Fighter director David O. Russell. Early casting possibilities included Mark Wahlbeg as Nathan Drake and either Scarlett Johansson or Amy Adams as Elena. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were also reportedly involved, with Sony planning to cast them as Drake’s father and uncle.
However, two years ago Russell split with the project, citing “creative differences” with Sony as the cause. Sony then acquired the services of Limitless director Neil Burger, but he too became disillusioned and left the project after about a year.
In recent days, Pineapple Express and Superbad writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have publicly stated that Naughty Dog has, for some time now, been prodding them to pen a script for the film.
“They’re constantly asking me and Evan to make the Uncharted movie,” Rogen told IGN.
However, neither Rogen nor Goldberg said they were excited about that opportunity.
“It’s just going to be Indiana Jones,” Goldberg said. “If we could figure out a way to make it not Indiana Jones, it’d be awesome.”
It would appear, then, that in order for this film to be successful, Sony needs to assure prospective writers, directors and actors that it won’t micromanage them to death.
Until the company comes to that realization, the Uncharted movie will be a mess — whether it’s finished and released or not.
At the moment, the Uncharted film’s status remains unknown.