The Uncharted Movie Has An R-Rated Script, Naughty Dog Says It Knows "Nothing" About It

"I wrote it the way that movie should be written."

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[UPDATE] Uncharted writer Neil Druckmann said on Twitter that no one at Naughty Dog has read Joe Carnahan's script.

And in response to more recent comments from Carnahan in a Collider interview, Druckmann said he wishes Carnahan would "stop implying that he has our support."

Here's what Carnahan told Collider:

"The script went in, the script got huge, it got a big round of applause at Sony, they were very, very happy with it. So I don’t know, we’ll see what the casting comes out [as]. Shawn Levy was brilliant; we worked together for a couple months on it… There was a lot of pressure because I've got friends over there at Sony, Jonathan Kadin, obviously Tom Rothman and I go way back, Doug Belgrad--these are like my guys. So I felt an additional weight of like, ‘I gotta deliver them something they’ll make.’ It’s got four of the most insane--I've never written crazier sh** in terms of an action sequence than what’s in that movie… I’m very happy with the script, and listen it was important that I got Amy Hennig's approval, her and Nolan North, and what I've heard is the Naughty Dog guys are really happy with it. But who knows? That could be like Donald Trump hearing something; that may not be true at all.”

The original story is below.

Uncharted movie writer Joe Carnahan has shared some new details on his script. Speaking to ComingSoon, Carnahan said he tried to match what the games offer in terms of dialogue. This includes swearing and adult themes; he expects a movie based on his script to receive an R rating.

"When I wrote Uncharted, I didn't spare the rod," he explained (via Collider). "I wrote it the way the video game is. They swear in the game, they're kinda foul-mouthed, and I kept all that stuff intact, and I definitely didn't write it as a PG-13 movie. I wrote it the way that movie should be written."

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R-rated movies traditionally make less money than those with lower ratings, which may explain why some studios are reportedly hesitant to give the green light to films with the Restricted rating. Director Gore Verbinski has said he could not raise enough money for an R-rated version of BioShock, with the studio more intent on making it PG-13, a compromise he would not accept. More recently, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said he couldn't get an R-rated Hitman movie made.

Carnahan, who wrote 2010's The A-Team and the upcoming Bad Boys For Life,says it's not true that R-rated movies can't be big commercial successes, especially today, after Deadpool.

"I never understood the metric for, 'This will make X-amount more if it were PG-13,'" he said. "PG-13 in a lot of ways is a cop out, and I think it's been exposed as such."

Also in the interview, Carnahan talked about the comparisons that people make to Uncharted and Indiana Jones. They may share some qualities, but there is a reason why Carnahan believes his Uncharted script as an "anti-Indiana Jones" feel to it.

"Drake is not a guy who likes museums. He thinks they're all crooked. Curators are 'thieves;' the guys in the Louvre and The Met are thieves and despicable," Carnahan said. "He's a treasure hunter, not an archaeologist. He doesn't have Indiana Jones' idea of pure faith in archaeology. That's not the way he thinks."

"I think Amy Hennig did it when she wrote the game. She made Drake very much an anti-Indiana Jones, you know? Don't forget, for that first game after that pirate attack, Drake and Sully leave Elena behind; they dump her. Indiana Jones would never do something like that. That's a rogue act..."

Finally, Carnahan said his Uncharted movie script is not based on one of the Uncharted games, though of course he used them as a template. "There's no point in just transposing them to film," he said. "You've gotta come up with new sh*t, so that's what I did. It was a great challenge but it was a lot of fun."

The Uncharted series is known for its big action sequences, and you can expect these to be in the Uncharted movie. "I probably wrote four of the biggest, f***in' craziest action sequences I think I've ever written in that movie," he said.

You can read the full interview here at ComingSoon.

Before Carnahan came onboard, Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) was among those to have written a draft of the Uncharted movie script. Superbad writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were reportedly courted to write a script years ago. There is no guarantee that Carnahan's script will be the one that gets made into a movie.

The movie was first announced way back in 2009, only for it to repeatedly fall apart. Actors mentioned as possibilities for leading roles included Mark Wahlberg, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson. Chris Pratt is among those to pass on the role of Nathan Drake. We're still waiting for official casting announcements.

Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Night at the Museum) is directing the Uncharted movie, which will reportedly start filming this year.

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""I never understood the metric for, 'This will make X-amount more if it were PG-13,'" he said. "PG-13 in a lot of ways is a cop out, and I think it's been exposed as such."

....If you had or do have kids you should understand it.

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Our fan written script for an Uncharted film adaptation has been circulating around on Reddit. We planned it to have a PG-13 rating with compromising what made the series so amazing. It's an original plot that we researched and planned to be potentially canon with the franchise. If you are interested, definitely check it out and give it a read.

Uncharted Script -

https://www.reddit.com/r/uncharted/comments/5x0bd8/naughty_dogs_uncharted_film_adaptation_between/

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These whole ND knows and not knows is bs. Sorry but ND and Sony both know what's going with this movie. Neil might not have red the script yet but he knows more than he is letting on.

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i just realized how this movie is gonna be a succes: take any nate-lookalike actor and synchronize his voice with that of Nolan North.

Tadaa! You're welcome, world.

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LMFAO

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If he can prove he knows nothing of the film is it not fraud to say someone gives their support when they do or do not?

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Best possible option for the role of Nathan Drake:

Take a time machine back to 2005 and kidnap Nathan Fillion.

Done.

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Why is the Druckmann dude acting like he isnt getting a paycheck outta this movie. Either ignore it completely or get involved whining on twitter is everyones first go-to.

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@naruto945: you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid...?

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All of the Uncharted games are rated T for Teen, which I think pretty much ends this debate.

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"what I've heard is the Naughty Dog guys are really happy with it. But who knows? That could be like Donald Trump hearing something; that may not be true at all.” "

Did I miss the part where he said ND was happy about anything, or is someone at ND a little pissy about NOT being asked to look at the script?

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Off topic. But I would LOVE to see a Jak sequel/reboot.

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It's sad. It looks like it's gonna be another of those lame video game movies. :( Again.

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@senjutsu:

didn't assassins creed change the way game - films are perceived FOREVER!?

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@DARREN636: Yes. I previously thought there could be a good video game movie, but Assassin's Creed has convinced me that that truly is impossible. Forever.

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@DARREN636: Nope

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This sort of thing happens all the time when people go make a movie based on game and in the end the movie fails. There are very few games that have become movie that have done good at all.

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I personally don't understand this "R" rating thing. It seems some movies are using it as a badge of honor for some reason and I don't really get why? Uncharted doesn't strike me as needing such a rating. It would be like Indiana Jones being an "R". It makes me question whether or not this director really understands the game.

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So, I see letting ND animate a movie is out of the question, huh? Wonder why Capcom can create CG RE movies but Naughty Dog, who can make actual good ones, isn't even getting a shot.

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@Barighm: its a live action movie, not a cartoon to be animated. You mean visual effects? ND does not specialize in cinematics, games is what theyre the Best at. And their hands are always full anyway.

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First of all Naughty Dog and its properties are owned by Sony, so at most the people involved can leave.

But I have heard nothing to suggest they have a poor relationship with Sony, and if anything Sony tends to be the most liberal and open minded when it comes to proven players having free reign, case in point Kojima doing Death Stranded at Sony.

Honestly, if you are a bitter xboxbot fanyboy, just buy a ps4 or even a switch, then you might actually get play some decent exclusives, until then well at least the xbox one is backwards compatiblity so you can actually play some good games, even if they are all on the 360 and five or so years old because there sure as hell is nothing worth playing on the one which is why mine is basically a roku/netflix player at this point.

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@divinejester: Why are you bringing the console wars into this?

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Now, don't you see Naughty Dog? They care nothing about you. You don't own Uncharted, Sony does! They care only about the money. Mwuuhahahaha $$$$. (Please leave the clutches of Sony so your games and talent may be enjoyed on other consoles and PC as well. Thank you for reading)

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@soulfulDAGGER: Sony does good things with developers but Sony Pictures is pretty scummy when it comes to movies. Look at how they're suggesting ND is in love with the script for the movie, but ND has no idea what they're talking about.

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@soulfulDAGGER: This is Sony Pictures doing the movie. Naughty Dog appears to have had nothing less than a great relationship with Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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@zmanbarzel: Thank you for the correction. Regardless, someone dropped the ball hard. A massive disrespect to Naughty Dog and it's entire team. That's one of their "babies" so to speak. I really think Naughty Dog is wasting it's time and effort making games for only 1 system. They would be better off making games for all consoles and the PC, not just one console. Take-Two Interactive should send them an offer.

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This isn't comforting at all. How can you create a film based off of a game and NOT correspond with the creators of said game at all? Sounds like a terrible idea to me.

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@jayskoon93: Exactly. It's time for Naughty Dog to break away from Sony. I'm sure companies like Rockstar would agree. Why limit your income and fan base? Japanese corporations do not like be disrespected, but they sure know how to disrespect others, it seems.

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@soulfulDAGGER: That's a silly thing to say. Just because the film division is pissing on ND doesn't mean Sony doesn't respect and honour the game development side of things.

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@Barighm: There's many, many people in Sony's PR department, relations department, whatever, that get paid millions of dollars to make sure things like that don't happen. Naughty Dog got disrespected and pretty much slapped in the face by the owners brother (Sony Pictures).

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I am pretty sure this film may become a complete flop i hope it does not but alas films based on games never work out as history has taught us. Although if it is successful who knows maybe The Last of Us film will be good. Either way i am not holding my breath for it.

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I thought this was going to be made in collaboration with Naughty Dog, but after reading this I have lost faith in the movie :(

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If Scarjo gets naked I will go see.

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Joe Pesci as Drake please.

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ND hasn't seen the script. Well that looks really, really bad.

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Wow, if Neil is out, then I'm out.

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@bakula: well, he didn't say that it's bad, just that he didn't read it. Why he's not involved is another question and that indeed may be a bad sign.

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If Naughty Dog aren't involved then this movie will fail hard.

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Are we sure his comment wasn't just a bad attempt political joke?

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Good, it is not an official Uncharted movie so it can fail all the way it wants.

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@siritokakyou: It is official. Sony owns Uncharted.

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@fig56: For me, I only consider it official when it get acceptance/revision from the Uncharted development team. I don't care what Sony did with the rights or the title because in the end it won't be at-least-a-resemblance-to-Uncharted movie, especially when somebody thought "R-rated" is cool - which is already wrong about the concept of Uncharted from the beginning.

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I have no faith in this movie being a proper Uncharted film. The fact that this guy is obviously not communicating in the slightest with the actual writers of the series on top of the fact that he keeps lying about having their support is setting off all sorts of red flags.

I say scrap it and either leave the franchise alone or at the very least bring in a different writer who communicates with Naughty Dog about it rather than just doing his own thing and falsely claiming he has their support.

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this will fail like all video game movies.

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@gameplayuk: Let's hope it breaks the ice and doesn't.

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@gameplayuk: Yes, every single videogame movie has been awful, but they must be making money, since they keep making them.

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near the end of the movie trophies unlocks ""kill 100 enemies with head shots"" - ""killed 3 enemies with single explosion"" - ""find the strange relic""- ""kill 50 enemies in a row without dying""

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How do you do fellow kids

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