‘Uncharted’ Movie Locks in Director and Hits the Fast Track

Uncharted 3 | Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment
Uncharted 3 | Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment

It looks like the long-gestating Uncharted movie is finally coming to fruition.

The big-screen adaptation of the hugely popular video game franchise has been in the works for sometime over at Sony Pictures, and the studio has finally locked in a director.

According to Deadline, Shawn Levy, whose credits include the three Night at the Museum films, Date Night and Real Steel, has been placed at the helm of the Uncharted movie. The latest screenplay draft comes from Smokin’ Aces and The Grey filmmaker Joe Carnahan, who was circling the director’s chair until he opted for Sony’s upcoming Bad Boys sequel Bad Boys for Life.

Sony is expected to be moving onto the adaptation quite quickly now that they’ve locked in a director. For now, it remains to be seen just which actor will be cast as the lead character, Nathan Drake, a part that could be leading a big-screen franchise if all goes according to plan.

It seems as though video game adaptations are cursed to be generally poor or mediocre movie outings; perhaps Uncharted could deliver an Indiana Jones-style adventure and tap into a winning formula?

Here’s a trailer for the fourth game in the series, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which hit shelves back in May: