Sony’s big-screen adaptation of the PlayStation game series Uncharted hasn’t had the smoothest ride through the development process, but things appear to be moving forward once again now that the studio has hired a new director.
Seth Gordon is the latest name attached to the project, replacing the long-departed David O. Russell. Gordon might not be a household name, but he has directed several high-profile films – including the much-loved video game documentary The King of Kong. Does this mean he’s ready to essentially helm an updated take on the Indiana Jones franchise? Only time will tell, but we like the hire.
Movies based on video games still haven’t found their niche in Hollywood, but producer Avi Arad thinks Uncharted could change all of that.
“I think Uncharted will be very successful. It's a father-and-son game. There are things about it that are interesting. I think the world of antiquities theft, there are many countries in the world that realised they're being robbed and they're trying to recoup these important pieces. Now, the script has a lot of character [and] I think that has a shot at being the first one [to succeed]."
Word is that Gordon will direct based on the latest script, written by David Guggenheim. Apparently, Sony really loves his draft – so much so that it shifted Guggenheim over to write Bad Boys 3 after seeing his work here.
With those two key positions filled, now Sony can shift gears and traverse the minefield that is casting. Expect a renewed push from Internet fanboys for Firefly star Nathan Fillion to headline as international treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Also expect Sony to turn a deaf ear to those pleas and hire someone sure to annoy gamers (we already traveled this route when it was announced previously that Mark Wahlberg would play the lead in Russell’s aborted version). I really like the idea of Fillion playing Nate, but I don’t see it happening. He’s not a big enough box office draw. I’d happily settle for Bradley Cooper, though. I think he’s got just the right mix of snarkiness and action-hero believability to pull off playing Nathan Drake.
No word yet on who Sony and Gordon might be eyeing for the part – or the parts of Nate’s mentor and friend Sully, or journalist/love interest Elena Fisher -- but expect lots of speculation in the weeks ahead.
What do you make of this news? Do you think Gordon can pull this off, or is this destined to be another false start?
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