Uncharted sets course for Hollywood

Sony-owned Columbia Pictures hires Hitman 2 writer Kyle Ward to pen big-screen adventure based on Nathan Drake's original PS3 outing.

Video game film adaptations haven't exactly reached the heights of cinematic art form. Though some bigger-budget efforts, like the original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil, saw box office success, the majority of movies based on games are box-office duds and whipping boys. The most infamous are a string of cheap cash-ins by German director Uwe Boll--including BloodRayne, Postal, Alone in the Dark, has made his name a virtual punchline. Though not helmed by Boll, the last major game-based film to hit theaters, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, was both pummeled by critics and shunned by audiences.

Nathan's adventures may soon hit the big screen.

That said, several upcoming game adaptations may buck the aforementioned trend. Uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has commissioned respected director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Queen) to work on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Disney subsidiary Buena Vista Pictures, due out next summer. A big-screen version of BioShock is also in pre-production at Universal Studios, although it is currently on hold due to budget overruns and director Gore Verbinski's possible departure.

This week, another promising game-based film was revealed. Today, the Hollywood Reporter reports that Columbia Pictures--a division of Sony Pictures--is developing big-screen version of Drake's Fortune, the PlayStation 3 exclusive from Sony Computer Entertainment. Screenwriter Kyle Ward has been asked to pen a script which will follow the story of the video game, which starred Nathan Drake--an adventurer and descendant of British naval hero Sir Francis Drake--in search of the fabled lost city of El Dorado.

Ward is no stranger to game adaptations, having already written the in-limbo Kayne & Lynch movie and the just-greenlighted sequel to Hitman. He also wrote the script for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced thriller Fiasco Heights, which is currently in pre-production.

In 2007, Uncharted was released to critical acclaim and popular success. At its press conference during the Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this month, Sony announced it had sold over 2.6 million copies worldwide. Its sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was the toast of the expo, and was named Best Game of E3 2009 by the Game Critics Awards jury. For more information, check out GameSpot's latest hands-on and the video preview below.

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318 comments
ps3freek
ps3freek

ya sony keep on it ur the best

bored_gamer
bored_gamer

personally, I think Josh Duhamel would be perfect for the role of Nathan Drake but that's just me

Sir_Demii
Sir_Demii

I'm not that sure about Drake (perhaps Johnny Knoxville), but I'd like to see Sarah Carter as Elena.

majorgunner
majorgunner

If it does make it. I hope Nathan Fillion plays drake! He owns and you know it...

dannycabes
dannycabes

Stereotypically video games make horrible movies, I cannot think of one good video game movie, probably thanks to Uwe Boll that German prick Nathan Drake is being played by Nathan Fillion, which is perfect.

60spaure
60spaure

a MGS movie would be awesome too

60spaure
60spaure

If they'd make a movie with real people that'd be awesome! It'd be sure to come out on bluray! xD And I'd buy it for sure.

Euroshinobi
Euroshinobi

it will be called an indiana jones clone, go ahead and get yourself sued naughty dog lol

crazycrazycrazy
crazycrazycrazy

i think the guy who plays jhon sheepard from SgA would make a perfect nate

sanim02
sanim02

Topher Grace would make an EXCELLENT Nathan!! Both like to use wise cracking remarks, have a funny vibe and look pretty similar too.:o

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

if they do make an Uncharted movie, hope it will be good like the game. hope they make an Assassin's Creed movie. that will be epic.

keyblade42
keyblade42

Sometimes I think that games might not need movies. Not that I wouldn't watch them, but games like MGS series are already sort of movies in themselves. Older games like Earthbound could be turned into movies though...I just hope it doesn't ruin them.

etai79
etai79

"I'm still waiting for Half-Life the movie. And I think I will be for a very long time." -spitfireM21 There's actually a novel and a movie out. Stephen King's "The Mist."

aaronobst
aaronobst

@ RJLateralus Well that's a stupid analogy because I play Tomb Raider and went to see the Movies of it and Doom and Resident Evil and Hitman and Final Fantasy and Max Payne and.............

TTDog
TTDog

Presumably they'll just rip ideas off other sucessful franchises like they did with the game.

spitfireM21
spitfireM21

I'm still waiting for Half-Life the movie. And I think I will be for a very long time. :(

kweeni
kweeni

after playing and beating uncharted(really awesome game, WILL buy uncharted 2) i just knew they would make a movie about it, was almost like it wanted to get filmed

RJLateralus
RJLateralus

The funny thing is that Hollywood havent realized that the fans that follow a game dont go to the movie adaptation, the ones that go to see a game movie are the ones that dont play the game...

warp10ck
warp10ck

Why do they even want to make a movie about Uncharted it is an entertaining experience allready great voice acting, great story and great characters, oh yeah you can control it too because its game. The movie may be good because it has lot to build on but I just dont think the franchise really needs a movie because the game stands well on its own .

scrubs_06
scrubs_06

Lets just hope its Nathan Fillion That Plays it. If we cant stop production we can only hope and pray they make it damn worthwile! Firefly/Serenity STAR - PLEASE JEBUS!!

Joshuayeah
Joshuayeah

i love how every one thinks a bad movie will ruin the game. a bad movie is just a bad movie, its not going to bleed into the game and make that crap too. The game is amazing and one of the best i've ever played. i can see this being an amazing film, or a bad one. not inbetween. but you have to stop saying "dont ruin the game for me" if you've already played it and its fun why will you stop liking it if its a movie too?

Kurzicide
Kurzicide

@ zaiwen Don't kid yourself. Knowing the position Sony is in with the PS3 not putting up profits, they won't care as long as it meets a certain "line" of acceptability. They want the easy cash-in. Any movie-to-game or vice versa is a calling for the franchise to be bastardized, because they never turn out any good. But we're only humans, and we make mistakes, sometimes several times over. You can only hope "budget-issues" or just plain cancellation to keep the series from being bastardized. Happened to the Halo movie, can only hope for it to happen for this, and the Gears of War movie (come-on, Gears script-writing in-game sucks already, don't even try).

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

There already is an Uncharted movie. It's called Indiana Jones.

ShockG707
ShockG707

Bad..bad idea, hollywood if your listening dont do it. I will not go see this, I will not rent this. I dont care if they cast Jesus for the role of Drake no one wants another videogame movie.

ESGC82
ESGC82

If they really intend to make a movie from Uncharted, they could possibly screw up the story like many other game and book titles. I hope Sony don't keep with that idea.

chimpanchu
chimpanchu

Noooo... Hitman movie writer writes for Uncharted movie! What the hell Sony doing hiring this guy.

dragonx500
dragonx500

This is one of those video game to movie adaptations that could actually work, as Uncharted feels very much like a summer adventure movie. However, there is no reason to make a movie based on Uncharted. It's like making a movie based on Metal Gear Solid (which is happening).

jerkface7
jerkface7

the prince of persia movie wot be that bloody or brutal if its made by disney, i cant imagine a kane and lynch movie and doom was the best video game ive seen

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

@timmy at E3 gore said he was unlikely to direct because to save on costs they plan to film in Australia and he doesnt want to travel, the article was actually posted here on Gamespot

zaiwen
zaiwen

Uncharted was one of a kind, & Uncharted 2 looks out of this world, but games to movies & movies to games just wont cut it.. it will only bastardize Naughty Dog's masterpiece.. still i think SCE will personally look over the movie project so the movie will closely resemble within the game's story

-Russ93
-Russ93

this will be an interesting movie for sure

Deluhathol
Deluhathol

To be blunt, I can see no good reason why they should even attempt to make a film out of Uncharted. So far, Uncharted is my favourite game that I have for my PS3, and I would have to say, one of my favourite games of all time; however, that alone doesn't mean they should make a movie out of it. First of all, Uncharted was designed to be a cinematic experience from the ground up. Why the hell would you take a great cinematic game and turn it into a movie? It was designed to be played, not watched. Why would anyone think you could just jam the Uncharted story into a movie and have it come out a success; this brings me to my next point.. Second, why the hell would anyone think this would be profitable to make? Game-movie crossovers have a long history of being absolute crap, why would anyone think that is going to change anytime soon? All in all, this is just a bad idea. Personally, I feel that movies and games should stay completely independent of each other (just my opinion, I have never been a fan of movies, and I can't stand going to the cinema); they each have unique traits, but really they are polar opposites in many ways. The bottom line is, a movie written from the ground up will be better than an adaptation, and the same goes for video games. Please stop murdering my video games.

Zartan3000
Zartan3000

it's funny because it's the most 'movie-like' of all the best of the 2007 PS3 releases....

SylvanMidget
SylvanMidget

It only a matter of time, this series had movie written all over it.

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

"omg i hope its gonna be good" It won't. Don't you learn from past misjudgments? It never is. People left these comments on the Max Payne movie announcement, the Street Fighter one, and even some of the late Uwe Boll films. And they will continue being optimistic about this **** well into the future. People are just that susceptible. R.I.P Michael Jackson

OrionNM
OrionNM

I'm cautiously optimistic about this one, as long as the right people are selected. Drake should be played by Nathan Fillion, I just can't picture any other actor (apart from his voice over actor) doing this any justice.

samfsg795
samfsg795

it would be good if they just replayed the cut-scenes from the game

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

I really hope this is better than most other video game movies but I'm not expecting it to be.

holypro
holypro

hope they nail this one

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

Good games should not have movie adaptations.

Nihmmoh
Nihmmoh

games based on movies suck, movies based on games are even worse

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

Uncharted has good lines and plot , dunno if a movie can surpass it.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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alien100000
alien100000

it will suck, the movies always suck.