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UPDATE: Shawn Levy Swings Into Director’s Chair For Uncharted Movie

Nathan Drake from Uncharted 4 swinging on ropes - Joe Carnahan joins Uncharted movie project

The Uncharted movie finally has a director and is reported to be ‘on the fast track.’

At the beginning of August, writer / director Joe Carnahan was brought on to write the Uncharted movie and though he was rumored to also be in the running for the directing job as well, he’s moved on to direct Bad Boys For Life. So rather than wait Sony Pictures has tapped Shawn Levy to direct the video game movie adaptation, working from Carnahan’s script.

According to Deadline, the project is being ‘fastracked,’ and Levy will be casting the movie as he produces and directs episodes from the upcoming Stranger Things Season 2.

There’s no word yet on a possible release date, but if production really is being sped up, we might see it as earlier as next year.


Original Post: 8-3-16

Fans of Nathan Drake, rejoice! The Uncharted movie isn’t quite dead yet. In fact, It’s starting to feel better. It even feels like going for a walk now… OK, enough of that. But, the faltering movie project did just receive a shot in the arm with the announcement that filmmaker Joe Carnahan is coming onboard to write the screenplay.

Uncharted Movie Gets a New Screenwriter

As a writer-director, Carnahan is perhaps best known for his energetic style, on full display in films such as Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team. Which wouldn’t be bad for an Uncharted movie, but might not be the ideal fit. However, Carnahan is able to also invest his movies with a dose of gritty realism and occasional moments of quiet reflection, as is the case in Narc, and his excellent survival movie The Grey. All in all, not a bad mix.

Now, Carnahan will only be writing the movie, and not directing as well, as, according to Variety, he’s going to be directing Bad Boys 3 (I guess Michael Bay’s too busy with Transformers 5 and VR video gaming). Here’s what Carnahan had to say about his involvement with the project:

In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script.

Carnahan also shared a little about what drew him to the project. “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.

Could Carnahan End Up Directing the Uncharted Movie?

This isn’t a far-fetched thought. He’s open to the possibility, and currently, the thing stopping him is a scheduling conflict. And if the Uncharted movie has an excess of one thing on its hands, it would be time. A big screen adaptation of Uncharted has been in the works for close to a decade now, without making much progress. And during that time, a veritable parade of notable directors and screenwriters have been attached to project, from David O. Russell (Three Kings, American Hustle) and Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless) to Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Sound of Thunder), David Guggenheim (Safe House), Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure), and Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty). The producers apparently even approached Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg multiple times to write a screenplay.

So, yeah. Also, keep in mind that the scheduling conflict is because the producers currently have a (very) hopeful June 30th, 2017, release date in mind. Which even if Carnahan does crank out a script, that’s roughly 10 months to cast the movie, hire a crew, schedule, shoot and do all the editing and post-work on a big budget action / adventure movie. Not going to happen.

Now speaking of casting, there are a lot of actors who could potentially do a great Nathan Drake. And looking around a little, I’m seeing Nathan Fillion and Paul Rudd’s names come up a lot. However, many people feel that at 45 and 47 respectively, they’re too old to take on the role (Drake’s apparently in his mid to late thirties by the fourth game). Which would also rule out my favorite candidate, Max Martini (46). Chris Pratt’s name, naturally, has also been thrown in the ring.

Thoughts on the Uncharted Movie

So, what do you think? Who would you like to see as Nathan Drake? And now that the Uncharted movie has brought Carnahan on board, do you think they’ll finally be able to get it made? And do you think Carnahan’s a good choice to launch a potential action / adventure film franchise? Will Assassin’s Creed be the first video game movie to really cross over to mainstream audiences, or do you think this will have a better chance?

Also, don’t forget to check out our review for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the latest entry in the game series. Oh, and just in case you’re worried about Carnahan’s involvement in the project, he’s got a few words for you:

Feature Image: Naughty Dog / Sony

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