Uncharted: Drake's Fortune changes writers
It was back in June of this year that we heard about the new PlayStation video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune being adapted for film, and at that time it was given to Kyle Ward, the man who wrote 3 Rounds and the upcoming Hitman 2 and Kane & Lynch scripts, both video game adaptations although Hitman is a sequel to the adaptation.
Now though the news is telling us that he's off the project, and it's not a reflection on him, it's a reflection on just how quickly Sony want the film made, after all the sequel to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is already selling like mad.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was released at the end of 2007 and the game followed the hero Nathan Drake, the supposed descendant of Sir Francis Drake, who seems to have discovered the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, and it's infamous lost treasure. On his trek there he discovers there is a rival treasure hunter on the trail of the gold, and they aren't so considerate, neither are the strange mutated creatures he begins to come across as he gets closer to his destination.
The video game is supposed to be superb and the sequel even better, indeed the television adverts I've been seeing for the sequel look spectacular. So it's no wonder that Sony want to turn it into a film, and most likely a franchise.
That means bringing in new writers for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer are the two names who have been labelled with the task. Together they are responsible for the script for Sahara and the upcoming Conan reworking.
I wonder if this will turn out to be good news, and who they will cast in the lead role. Fast may not always be the best way, although it will capitalise on the people who have bought the game. Do you think it's better to crank this out?