I sure do love waking up to video game adaptation news, especially when it's as exciting as the latest update. For anyone who owns a PlayStation 3, one of the few must-own titles is undoubtedly "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" (and now its sequel, "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves"). Great game, in the running-and-jumping-and-climbing-and-shooting vein of the "Tomb Raider" series, with amazing graphics and an overall presentation which feels pulled straight from a Hollywood blockbuster. The story is pure popcorn, with an "Indiana Jones" kind of vibe, a plucky female sidekick and a gang of villains pulled straight from central casting.
News broke over the summer that Sony would be guiding "Uncharted" to a big screen adaptation, with "Hitman 2" (another, as-yet-unreleased game adaptation) writer Kyle Ward delivering a script. Well Ward's now out, according to a report yesterday on Latino Review. Replacing him -- assuming negotiations go well -- are "Conan" reboot writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
To be fair, Latino Review doesn't reveal a source. They have a great track record with this sort of stuff though, and I'd put my money on the news being accurate. Ward's removal is apparently tied to the fact that he is contractually obligated to deliver a "Hitman 2" script, but Sony, along with producer Avi Arad, wants "Uncharted" turned around quickly. According to the website, "negotiations are underway and it looks like a deal is imminent" with the "Conan" writers.
Normally I'd be concerned hearing about a project like this being shoved onto the fast-track. Video games have enough of a sorry history in Hollywood; the last thing fans want is for one of the most promising adaptation-worthy titles in recent years to get a crummy film treatment. My guess is that Sony's hurry can be attributed, at least in part, to the upcoming, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," which is looking mighty good.
Arad knows his stuff though. And as long as Sony wants to keep that fast-track lined with budget dollars, it should hopefully be a smooth ride. Now, I just hope they listen to our casting advice.
Are you into the idea of an "Uncharted" movie? Have you played the game? What do you make of the writer change-up? How about the fast-tracking?