Sunday, 30 November 2014

Mark Boal set for Uncharted

Sony Pictures have been trying to push an adaptation of the console title Uncharted for several years now, with little forward motion. It may not have had much success landing a director or star, but the studio thinks it might be on firmer ground with its script, hiring Zero Dark Thirty (2012) writer Mark Boal to develop the screenplay.

Uncharted, of course, follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a descendent of Sir Francis Drake and a man who thinks he's learned the whereabouts of the fabled South American city El Dorado. He heads out to find it, facing off against a rival and strange creatures that are also after the city's secrets.

At one point, the studio had David O. Russell (American Hustle) aboard to make the movie, but though he convinced Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor) to star, his take on the story didn't mesh with what the company wanted to do. Since then, Sony Pictures offered the Drake role to Chris Pratt, but he passed on it, likely concerned that the role was a little too similar to Guardians Of The Galaxy's Star-Lord or his character in next years Jurassic World.

In terms of writers, the likes of Thomas Dean Donnelly (Sahara), Joshua Oppenheimer, David Guggenheim (Safe House) and Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure) have all taken a shot at the script, so Boal is hardly the first to tackle the challenge of crafting what the studio hopes will be an Indiana Jones style adventure. After winning an Academy Award® for The Hurt Locker (2008) and a nomination for Zero Dark Thirty, Boal has been working on developing Triple Frontier with director Kathryn Bigelow.

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