After nearly seven years in development, Sony's Uncharted movie adaptation is moving forward once again. The studio has brought on writer-director Joe Carnahan to write the script for this video game adaptation, but unfortunately he won't be directing at this time. The filmmaker stated that he would love to direct this project "in a perfect world," but right now, he's only set to write the script.
The last we heard about this project was in June 2015, when Seth Gordon dropped out as the director. Variety reports that Joe Carnahan's involvement with Sony's Bad Boys 3, which starts filming early next year after Will Smith wraps on Bright, makes the filmmaker unavailable to direct. Here's what Joe Carnahan told the site about this project.
"In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I'm only on board to write the script. Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how a piece got there to begin with. Plus, the property itself is so popular that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to work on it."
The video game series centers on Nathan Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, who goes on a quest to find the lost city of El Dorado. Along the way, he runs into a rival treasure hunter, who must team up to fend off creatures, mutated Spaniards and Nazis. Over the years, David O. Russell was set to direct, with Mark Wahlberg being eyed to star, but they both eventually left the project.
Neil Burger (Divergent) was attached at one point before Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) signed on back in 2014, with Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker) coming aboard to write the script later that year. Chris Pratt also passed on the Nathan Drake role, with other writers such as Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley and David Guggenheim tackling the project at various points in time. Joe Carnahan most recently directed Stretch, along with a number of episodes of The Blacklist and State of Affairs. He is also producing The Wheelman for Netflix, which has Frank Grillo attached to star.