Uncharted Movie Loses Another Director

Surprise, surprise… another respected director has apparently had second thoughts about directing a movie based on a video game and decided to jump ship. Last summer it was announced that Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) had signed on to direct Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for Sony, replacing David O. Russell. Now we have learned that Burger is no longer attached to the project and that, for the moment, there is no immediate replacement. They will wait to find a new director until another draft of the script is turned in by Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure).

The news comes courtesy of Variety, although there is no word on why Burger decided to leave. The focus is on the hiring of the Wibberleys, who seem like a decent match based on their National Treasure experience, although they also have plenty of other questionable credits to their name including Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, I Spy and The Shaggy Dog starring Tim Allen. Still, they are probably a step up from Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Conan the Barbarian) who wrote the first draft of the script.

It seems like Sony started off shooting for the moon with directors for this project but they are now in danger of losing momentum. Something tells me there is a very good chance that this will turn out to be just another terrible video game adaptation. What do you think, is there a way that Sony can still salvage this project? Who would you like to see direct an Uncharted movie?

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  • http://www.gonzoplanet.com Alex Shaw

    I’ve been saying this for years but Peter Berg, director of Hancock and The Rundown (Welcome to the Jungle in the UK), the latter of which is pretty much an Uncharted adventure anyway only with Drake’s smart mouth and action abilities divided amongst two men (The Rock and Seann William Scott).

    It just needs to be a film with the following four things present…

    1. A likeable, memorable smartass hero, heading up a cast of colourful characters with very natural comic delivery.
    2. Exotic, dangerous, vivid locations with a treasure-hunting plot.
    3. A sense of cobbled-together family in the people who help Drake along.
    4. Exhilarating action sequences and a pacey, exposition-lite script.

    That’s it.

    Now unfortunately Berg also directed Battleship which kind of tarnishes my pitch, but as long as the Wibberley’s write a script TEN times better than they did for the leaden National Treasure pictures and the director lets his cast improvise dialogue every so often we’ll be fine.

    Alex Shaw – Gonzo Planet

  • Rick

    I just want to see this and Assassins creed get the direction, budget, and actors it deserves and transend the “game turned movie” title and stand on it’s own as a great block-buster. IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK??? The story line is written for them, it’s amazing. Get off your ass and do a decent job.

  • Colin

    Bioshock needs a movie the most… it’s an incredible, unique universe that does not have a film analog.

  • Kurei Scott

    Leave it to die. Why is this movie even being made anyway? It’s basically a regurgitation of movies which were already full of many cliches.

    The whole game by itself is basically a straight to video movie. In fact, the movie in the end will probably be a typical movie with a scruffy heroic white guy(with a heart of gold), his best friend(who you wonder about but who too, has a heart of gold), someone who will betray him(who is pretty fucking obvious from the start), and a love interest(not much needs to be said about this as any pretty face will do), and have some semi-magical stuff in it.

  • Dina

    I suggest David Hewlett to direct and Joe Flanigan to play Drake.

  • CJ Marshall

    This is getting ridiculous. They should just move forward with Donnelly and Oppenheimer’s screenplay. They worked on the Uncharted game to begin with. The National Treasure movies were good but they are Treasure Hunter-lite. Yes Uncharted is meant to be somewhat campy, but not National Treasure campy