Sony’s attempt to turn the Uncharted game series from PlayStation success into potential movie franchise just can’t seem to get past the loading screen. In another blow for the project, director Seth Gordon has decided to move on.
Treasure hunter Nathan Drake would seem to be a good fit for cinema, with his Indiana Jones-style attitude and scope for adventure. But try as it might, the studio just hasn’t been able to make it work. Writers such as Kyle Ward, David O. Russell (who also wanted to direct), Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, David Guggenheim and Mark Boal have all tried to crack it and Neil Burger briefly considered directing before heading off to do Divergent.
What’s the hold up this time? As originally reported by Heroic Hollywood, it’s apparently financial issues, as Sony boss Tom Rothman wants to change the creative direction of the film and trim some of the budget, prompting Gordon to cut his losses and go.
So now the Uncharted movie stays in development until someone else can be found. Sony is after a big star to tackle the lead role (and is probably wishing Chris Pratt’s schedule wasn’t so crammed) and the waiting game stretches ever onwards...