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'Zero Dark Thiry' screenwriter boards 'Uncharted'

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There are few more recent franchises as significant to the PlayStation brand as the Uncharted series. Across three main games (and a prequel), treasure hunter Nathan Drake has scoured the globe for hidden riches. Sony has been trying to adapt the beloved games into a film since 2008, shortly after the series began.

The Uncharted film has had a number of writers, directors, and actors attached to the project, and there’s now another name to add to the list.

As The Hollywood Reporter originally reported and EW can confirm, Sony has brought on Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal to work on the Uncharted screenplay. He follows in the footsteps of no less than six other writers attached to the film, with David Guggenheim most recently brought in to the project. Boal has been brought on for a three-week production polish, as Sony is reportedly happy with how Guggenheim’s version of the script turned out.

The adaptation has gone through several iterations, including one from David O. Russell that would star Mark Wahlberg as Drake, while Robert DeNiro would have played his father and Joe Pesci would have starred as Drake’s uncle. That version would have been essentially nothing like the game, as the franchise has never starred Drake going on family adventures.

Even if Boal and Guggenheim’s version stays more faithful to the source material, the need for its existence still comes into question. The Uncharted series started out as an attempt to make a video game in the vein of Indiana Jones. So an Uncharted film would be a movie inspired by a game inspired by a movie… which seems a little excessive.

Still, Drake’s adventures have built in summer blockbuster set pieces, character dynamics, and storylines that should make for a relatively easy transition to the big screen. They’re full of humor and genuinely well-written character moments, but they are so specific to Darke’s partners in crime like Elena and Sully that removing them would take away so much of what is at the heart of Uncharted‘s DNA. Whether the film actually sees the light of day, fans at least have Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End to look forward to.

Representatives for Mark Boal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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