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'Horrible Bosses' Director Switches Genres for 'Uncharted' Adaptation

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February 4, 2014
Source: Deadline

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The last update we heard on Sony's gestating adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune had Neil Burger leaving the director's chair as Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, the duo behind the National Treasure franchise, were hired to write a new draft of the script. However, since then, Safe House writer David Guggenheim has written a new draft (in addition to scripting Bad Boys 3 for the studio), and that has the project back in development with Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon making the jump to the action genre with the video game adaptation. However, Gordon is no stranger to video games on film.

Gordon made a name for himself after directing the documentary King of Kong, the underdog story about an everyman competing for the world record high score in the original Donkey Kong arcade game. Since then, Gordon has taken on studio comedies like Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief. But this is something completely new for the director as the story follows adventurer Nathan Drake on the search for the lost treasure of El Dorado. Of course, the story could have changed with a new script, but we're betting that's still the same basic storyline.

However, despite shuffling through filmmakers like Neil Burger and at one time David O. Russell, with his The Fighter star Mark Wahlberg on board for the lead, the really challenge has been finding an actor to take the lead role of Nathan Drake (which Deadline says is the next step) and pleasing the fans. The loudest call has been for Nathan Fillion, but he's not a bankable enough star on the big screen outside of geek audiences. This seems like a good role for Jeremy Renner, but The Bourne Legacy kind of takes away from that idea. Colin Farrell wouldn't be a bad choice either. Even the presumed casting of Bradley Cooper when Limitless director Neil Burger was still attached was a pretty good idea. Any other thoughts?

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  • OfficialJab
    "the really challenge has been" I'd take Jeremy Renner or Colin Farrell. Or nothing, really.
  • MattPeloquin
    I think Mark Ruffalo would be a good choice.
  • DAVIDPD
    Cooper, Renner, and Farrell I feel are a bit old to play the role. Although he is a little young, I think Garrett Hedlund would be a solid pick. He could age nicely when they franchise the series.
    • Rick
      I think Cooper is the perfect age. He looks mid-30s, which Drake is in the games.
      • Rick
        You may also be able to get Jennifer Lawrence to play Elena since she and Cooper seem to be a kind of package deal nowadays.
  • Michael Fairbanks
    I think Jensen Ackles from Supernatural would nail this part. I would also enjoy Bradley Cooper but I think he's too old now
  • Thor
    Liam hemsworth should be nathan drake
    • Nielsen700
      No, no he should not.
  • thejon93rd
    They should get either Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal or Joel Edgerton for the job (Edgerton in particular would be fantastic IMO, as he deserves a blockbuster role like this for all of the great work he's done in the past, most notably in Animal Kingdom and especially Warrior).
    • JBrotsis
      No bueno Gyllenhaal
      • thejon93rd
        Gyllenhaal could be good, though he was already the Prince of Persia (so I can see why you're not so optimistic). Edgerton could pull it off though, Warrior's one of the best sports-based films I've ever seen.
  • Nathan Scrutton
    Jensen Ackles and Bruce Campbell would make this movie amazing, as it should be
  • Gordon Whalen
    Ryan Reynolds could really pull it off. Or what about the Strike Back / 300: Rise of an Empire lead actor?
  • JBrotsis
    Josh Holloway! I'd like to see this film...it reminds me a lot of Indiana Jones
  • gamergirl
    The worst decision EVER made in the history of movies! And Scarlett Johansson or Amy Adams as Elena Fisher? Hasn't Hollywood ever heard of casting unknowns if there isn't an already known actor to play the parts? I can't watch the Uncharted ship go down like this... Honestly, they should just make a feature length cinematic movie with the voices of the current characters. That would be the only way to do justice to this franchise. Can the fans influence these decisions? #saveuncharted
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Harrison Ford

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