After years of languishing in development hell, it looks like Sony Pictures is getting their video game adaptation Uncharted back on the right track, with Seth Gordon now in negotiations to direct. The studio hopes to get production started sometime this year.
The most recent draft of the screenplay was written by David Guggenheim, which the studio liked so much they brought him on board to write the action sequel Bad Boys 3 in December. The script had previously been worked on by Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
David O. Russell was once attached to direct with Mark Wahlberg set to star as Nathan Drake, but it fell apart when the director departed the project in 2011. Later that year, Neil Burger was also in talks to direct, but the project never moved forward.
The Uncharted: Drake's Fortune video game, which was developed by Naughty Dog, follows Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter and descendant of the great explorer Sir Francis Drake, who teams up with a female journalist and his mentor to find the lost treasure of El Dorado. Charles Roven, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad are producing.
Seth Gordon is best known for directing comedies such as Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, but he also has a connection to the video game world. He made his feature directing debut with the critically-acclaimed documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters in 2007.