After years of setbacks and copious changes to both directors and writing teams, it seems the Uncharted film that was announced back in 2009 finally has a script. And it’s completed.
This comes two years after the film was supposed to have begun filming. With the completion of the script, however, this could mean the filming could get underway at some point this year, as teased late last year by current director Shawn Levy. “The truth is, the conversations that are happening right now are with the studio and the producers talking about who feels right to us and to me,” Levy said in regards to casting and filming.
Joe Carnahan, screenwriter for The A-Team, the Smokin’ Aces franchise, and, more recently, State of Affairs, posted a photo of the title page with a caption that reads “Done and dusted” on Instagram. According to the Carnahan, this script is “monstrously cool” and “a beast.” We’ll have to wait until the film hits the big screen to see if it’s as “monstrously cool” and as beastly as Carnahan claims.
The common narrative orbiting the venerable and venerated Uncharted franchise is the same: “It’s the most immersive, most cinematic game,” industry pundits and gamers alike ubiquitously exclaim. Adapting it to a film is a logical step, especially since many people claim its cinematics are movie like to begin with. However, just because it’s “cinematic” and “immersive” doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll make a great film; you needn’t look far to see the horrendous history game-to-film adaptions have had.
Going as far back as 1993 has Super Mario Bros. starring the late Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi respectively. This film was widely panned by critics, receiving a 15 percent on review score aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Since then, Nintendo hasn’t reentered the film industry. Fast forwarding eight years to 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie as the titular Lara Croft. Slightly better received critically than the failure that was Super Mario Bros., but 20 percent really isn’t much better. Skipping another eight years to Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li starring Kristin Kreuk as Thunder Thighs herself. (A nickname the gaming community gave Chun-Li for her, well, rather large thighs. Perhaps from all the kicking. Or perhaps Capcom just wanted a female Chinese fighter with massive thighs.) This film was universally hated, receiving a six percent on Rotten Tomatoes. More recently, 2016’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed hoped to break the trend of shameful game-to-film adaptions, but, unfortunately, these films only continued this dismal course, receiving 28 and 17 percents on Rotten Tomatoes respectively.
That is not to say the forthcoming Uncharted film will be terrible. There’s no way to really know whether or not this film will be worth anyone’s time as there’s no confirmed cast, or whether or not it’s directly adapted from the games or setting up its own universe. The only thing there is at the current moment is hope: hope that the Uncharted film doesn’t follow suit with the rest of the game-to-film adaptions, hope that it gets a good cast, and, most importantly, hope that it doesn’t suck.
There’s no word on a release window for the film.