New Writers Hired for Sony's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Movie

November 23, 2009
Source: Latino Review

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Back in June we first reported that Sony had acquired the rights to adapt the popular PlayStation video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune into a feature film. When it was announced, screenwriter Kyle Ward had been hired to write the script. The studio was waiting for a finished script before hiring a director. However, Latino Review now says that Ward is off the project and he's been replaced by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, two screenwriters you've probably never heard of before. The two just finished writing the new Conan movie for Lionsgate and also have credits on Sahara and Dead of Night.

The action-filled story in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune follows a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. Power producers Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner will partner together to produce this adaptation. I've heard it's a fantastic video game and the sequel just came out, so I've got high hopes for this, even though I'm always unsure whether a video game movie will be good or not at the start. It's a high priority project for Sony, so expect to hear more soon!

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Reader Feedback - 23 Comments


Josh Duhamel is a solid actor and looks like drake but i am not sure if he is even remotely comedic

nelson on Nov 23, 2009


YES! YES! Y-E-S!! David Boreanaz as Drake.

Papichulo on Nov 23, 2009


They keep making the wrong games into movies. Uncharted is great, as a VIDEO GAME. As a movie, it's just going to be another "Archaeologist Action Movie" like Indiana Jones (which pretty much has the monopoly), National Treasure and Tomb Raider.

SlashBeast on Nov 23, 2009


josh duhamel is a queer pretty boy

dylan on Nov 23, 2009

5 This guy should be Nathan.

Fisherr on Nov 23, 2009


indiana jones is the past, drake is now. besides indiana jones is boring and dumb now and uncharted is awesome.

guh on Nov 23, 2009


So what's wrong with Nolan North? If you don't know who that is, look up how Uncharted was made.

annon on Nov 23, 2009


Nathan Fillion as Drake!!

Jambi on Nov 23, 2009


I vote Chris Pine for the role of Nathan Drake.

Jake on Nov 23, 2009


Dude Nathan Drake IS Nathan Fillion, they are like the same person, it would be perfect: I think this could actually be the new Indiana Jones that people want, the game has such a great story and is kinda otherworldly, just like Indiana, so I think it would be perfect timing. I also think that it should have little to no CGI in it at all, just awesome vistas and insane stunts and wire work. I'm playing the second game right now and its just as great so far.

Richard on Nov 23, 2009


Video Games of this generation and forward are so developed on both the artistic and the literary level that they can compare to a movie (or at least they have the possibility to be). Uncharted, as a game, is almost like watching and playing a movie at the same time. It's useless to turn it into a movie as it will be like the game, minus the game moments.

SasQ on Nov 23, 2009


Nathan Fillion or Nathan Fillion. how about Nolan North? The guy who did the voice.

xerxex on Nov 23, 2009


perhaps Chris Pine?

xerxex on Nov 23, 2009


Isn't their a game with a decent plot that exists already? Oh, that would make too much sense? Or the fact that the commercial isn't joking, the game does play like movie like other games.

Tra la la la la di da on Nov 23, 2009


The game is a movie. I had played it and believe me it even feels like a movie. I think the perfect actor for Scully is JK Simons (J Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man movies) and a prettie unknown blonde new comer as Elaina Fisher. I think Sony should get the game developer, Naughty Dog, involved in the pre production movie process. After all it is their game and who else knows the plot and characters better than the game's creators?

Paul K. on Nov 23, 2009


Both games are awesome! The sequel in particular plays like a movie due to the ongoing character interaction througout the entire game which adds a feeling of humanity over other games plus the story and action are really outstandingly well thought. I do not understand why there are people out there thinking it is pointless to make a movie for this reason considering that a great many movie goers are not actually gamers starting with Alex himself and which of them actually own a PS3? This is in fact a PS3 exclusive, that rules out many more people so it makes perfect sense to plan it as a film to let a far wider audience enjoy this VG masterpiece.

Zephyr77 on Nov 24, 2009


i vote Joe Flanigan as Drake, aka John Sheppard from Stargate: Atlantis 🙂

Charles on Nov 24, 2009


Nolan North has stated that if it was up to him, he'd pick Hugh Jackman. I like Nathan Fillion. Hell I like Chris Pine. If you go by looks I think "Rescue Me" firefighters Mike Lombardi or Steven Pasquale could pull it off. Finally.... my boy Matt Bomer could do it justice. Pasquale Lombardi Bomer

Duane on Nov 24, 2009


Duane you are a genius! Steven Pasquale would make a great Nathan Drake!

xerxex on Nov 24, 2009


Why thank you xerxex!

Duane on Nov 24, 2009


#6 - guh Take a knife and sever your genitals.

SlashBeast on Nov 24, 2009


Only one person who should play Drake....Joe Flanigan (Colonel John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis.) He looks exactly like him, can act, Has good comedic timing and is probably more recognisable at the moment than Fillion, hence bums on seats at the cinema (cash in other words!)...

Nibz on Dec 6, 2009


Jensen Ackles from supernatural should play Nathan Drake

Joshua on Dec 18, 2009

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