Nathan Drake has dodged bullets, escaped deadly traps, survived a plane crash but the one thing he hasn’t been able to do is get his own movie. Poor guy just can’t get a break. The Uncharted movie adaption has been on the drawing board for a little more than three years. The idea was first brought up by film producer Avi Arad, who produced many of Marvel’s characters for TV and film saving the company from bankruptcy, who was working with a division of Sony to develop the film. When asked about the his thoughts on the film adaption, Naughty Dog lead game designer Richard Lemarchand replied “no comment”. Columbia Pictures confirmed that the Uncharted film is in development and is to be written by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly, who directed the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian, and produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner. Columbia confirm on June 30, 2009 that the film has been in development for a year and a half.
Oppenheimer and Donnelly back out of the project and “The Fighter and Three Kings” director David O. Russell comes in. The announcement came on October 8 2009 by Columbia Pictures presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach. However this doesn’t last. May 26 2011 saw the exit of Russell and July 6 saw the entrance of Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). Later, Burger spoke about the film, stating that the script is being re-written from scratch and that no one will be revealed for what role until the screenplay is finished. The ball seemed to rolling along smoothly until August 23 when Burger bowed out of the project to work on another film.
Columbia brought in the husband and wife team of Marianne and Cormac Wibberley to rewrite the film. They have been credited writers on films including National Treasure, I Spy, The 6th Day and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Currently, a new director has yet to be chosen.
As far as actors for the role of Nathan Drake, Castle star Nathan Fillion was interested in the role and is in a lot of ways like tha game’s treasure hunting protagonist in both looks and personality. Fillion started a campaign on Twitter for fans to vote for him. Unfortunately, David O. Russell dismissed the idea of Fillion unaware of who he was and the interest in him. Mark Wahlberg was considered for the role of Drake but soon left along with Russell.
Personally, I think Steven Speilberg should be brought in on this since Uncharted is right up his alley. He gave us the greatest adventurer in film–Indiana Jones. Get him and Simon West, who directd Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, or Mike Newell, director of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time to helm the project. What do you think?