A big screen adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted has been in development for years, but it looks like it's almost ready to go into production. Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) revealed in an interview with Zap2it that the film will start shooting in 2015.
The project has been in development since early 2008, and directors David O. Russell and Neil Burger have both been attached to it at one time, but it looks like Gordon is the lucky charm that will bring it home. According to Gordon, the team "just got the script to a really good place."
He was asked when he expects the feature to start shooting, and he replied with the following:
"I think very early next year. That's the plan. That's like tomorrow, essentially, because the prep is so complicated for the movie."
Gordon doesn't give much in terms of story, but he does say that the setting of the movie will be "very international" and "all over the world." Just like the video game! I imagine the story will be very similar as well. He did add:
"It's going to honor the mythology of the game, but I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there. There's some stuff that isn't in the game.
"I love the complexity and frankly the sophistication of the storytelling in the game, and we aspire to that -- but don't want to tell the exact same story, of course -- so something that doesn't break the rules of what it did but expands. Because I feel like the people who play the games and know them well don't want to just see the same story told. You want extra shades."
When asked about an actor who could take on the lead role of Nathan Drake, he says:
"I want it to be a great actor. That's number one, and then if it's someone who has an actual jaw, that's even better. The game is so well done that you need it to live up to that. There's no way we'd do the inverse of that where it's somebody famous who can't [act]."
Mark Wahlberg was previously attached to the film, but thankfully that's no longer the case. It sounds like Gordon had a handle on things and knows what he's doing with this property. Hopefully he will pull it off and give fans a great movie they will enjoy.