‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’ Coming to the Big Screen

Every video game adaptation that’s put on the path to the big screen leaves you hoping that this will be the one to break the crappy gaming movie curse (“The Wizard” notwithstanding). While my hope remains pinned on Mike Newell’s upcoming “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” there may also be hope in the form of “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia is developing a live-action adaptation of “Fortune.” Kyle Ward is to pen the script; if the name sounds familiar, that’s because he was mentioned here just yesterday in association with the upcoming “Hitman 2.” No director has been set, but Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner are producing.

The game follows Nate Drake, an Indiana Jones-styled treasure hunter and descendant of the famous Sir Francis Drake. Nate believes he’s discovered the fabled golden city of El Dorado thanks to a cursed statue. He races to South America with his partners, Victor “Sully” Sullivan and journalist Elena Fisher. There he faces competition from rival treasure hunter Gabriel Roman, along with hordes of creatures descended from Nazis and Spaniards. Turns out that aforementioned cursed statue transforms humans into bloodthirsty mutants… which is why you just shouldn’t activate those things.

Drake is cut from the same basic cloth as Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, but is colorful sidekicks and “everyman” quality help him stand out. He has no special training and is rather unhappy to be caught fighting off mutants and rivals. The premise detailed above makes the project sound like a relatively straight adaptation of the first game, but we’ll have to wait until more details emerge. “Uncharted” is an excellent game, one of the best available on the PlayStation 3, but let’s not get our hopes up just yet — after all, this is based on a video game.

Did you play “Uncharted”? Do you think it would adapt well as a movie? How do you think the story would have to change?