There may be trouble brewing for the production of Uncharted. The film, based on the hit video game series, has suddenly fallen off of Sony’s schedule. Meanwhile, writer Joe Carnahan chimed in to hype up the film’s opening sequence.
Here are the tweets that revealed the current fate of Uncharted:
Insert Pac-Man dying SFX here. Sony's video game adaptation of UNCHARTED, set for 6/30/17, has been removed from their release calendar.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) September 1, 2016
And then here’s Carnahan’s tweet, which came later on:
The opening scene for UNCHARTED…at least in script form, is really, REALLY GOOD.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) September 2, 2016
Carnahan was recently brought onto the project, and it sounds like he’s proud of the work he put into the screenplay. It makes sense that the film would finally get officially bumped from its release date- which is less than a year away- since the film doesn’t even have a cast or director yet. While some would assume that Carnahan- with his prior directing experience- would be a natural choice to helm the project, he’s actually currently busy getting Bad Boys For Life together.
It’s a shame, too, because the first thing I thought when I played the first game was, “This would make a great a movie.” And I wasn’t alone. An Uncharted movie has been in some form of development for years now, and- for a while- fans thought that it was finally going to get made. But as time has gone on, that June 30, 2017 release date has seemed more and more unlikely.
This all comes after directors David O. Russell, Neil Burger, and Seth Gordon all came and went.
For some reason, the slam dunk concept of a sort contemporary Indiana Jones film with a badass, wisecracking protagonist in exotic locales has proven very hard for Sony to get going. Personally, now that he’s emerged as a formidable action star with comedic bonafides, I’d love to see Chris Pratt sign on for this. A star of his magnitude could be the shot in the arm this long-gestating production needs.
What do you think? Is Uncharted ever going to get made?