Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal has been hired to help write Sony's long-awaited feature film adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Boal, who is best known for writing films Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is being brought in to work on the screenplay following the latest draft by David Guggenheim (Safe House).
Although Boal is no stranger to the action genre, it's a little surprising that he would join a swashbuckling adventure flick based on a video game, considering the fact that this journalist-turned-filmmaker has a reputation for penning serious, news-oriented war dramas, but it just so happens that Boal is a fan of this particular game.
Centering on treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, the video game involves a search for the legendary city of El Dorado. After concluding that he has learned the location of the golden South American city from a cursed statue, Drake sets out on his quest but is soon met with competition by a rival treasure hunter. The two must face opposition from horrific enemies, including mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis who attack anyone trying to uncover the treasure's true secrets.
The film will be directed by Seth Gordon of Horrible Bosses and the more recent comedy hit Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman.
This project has been through many changes since its inception, but Sony seems to have renewed enthusiasm for the material. When the leading role, vacated by Mark Wahlberg, is re-cast, it will likely be another actor of A-list stature.
Uncharted is scheduled to hit theaters June 10, 2016.
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