That ‘Uncharted’ Movie Is Still Happening, This Time With Joe Carnahan Scripting
Sony has been trying to get an Uncharted movie made for years now, but despite the revolving door of directing and writing talent, the studio has been unable to get the video game adaptation off the ground. When Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal was hired back in 2014, it seemed like Sony was on the right track, but it looks like they’ve gone back to the ol’ drawing board (again), tapping Bad Boys 3 director Joe Carnahan to deliver a new screenplay.
Per Variety, Carnahan is the latest filmmaker to take a crack at writing a screenplay for Uncharted, which is based on the best-selling hit video game from Naughty Dog. The story centers on Nate Drake, a treasure hunter and descendent of Sir Francis Drake, and his perilous quest to find the fabled city of El Dorado.
Carnahan is set to begin filming Bad Boys 3 early next year, and although he’s currently only attached to write the screenplay for Uncharted, he seems open to directing the project as well if Sony agrees to delay production — and given how many times Uncharted has been pushed back already, what’s another few months?
Back in 2014, Sony set a June 2016 release date for Uncharted, which has previously attracted directors like David O. Russell, Joshua Oppenheimer and, more recently, Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon. Mark Wahlberg was attached to star in the film at one point; Sony also had their eye on Chris Pratt to take the lead, but he ultimately passed.
Best known for The Grey and The A-Team, Carnahan’s next project is the long-developing Bad Boys sequel, which reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. That film will head into production once Smith wraps Bright, the sci-fi action flick David Ayer is directing for Netflix.