Writer/director Joe Carnahan recently posted an update on Instagram regarding the long-in-development Uncharted movie.
“Done and Dusted. Now the REAL work begins. If there’s a more monstrously cool action script in Hollywood right now, I wanna read it, ‘cuz this thing is a BEAST.”
As you can tell from that completely non-hyperbolic statement, Joe’s pretty confident in his work. Perhaps, after the perfectly-choreographed train crash that was Assassin’s Creed, we can finally look forward to the first “good” video game movie?
Joe Carnahan has a pretty decent track record. He was the guy who wrote The Grey, after all. But he was also the guy who wrote The A-Team. Shawn Levy, the director currently attached to the project, is the man responsible for the Night at the Museum trilogy, and a couple of Stranger Things episodes.
Alright, so Night at the Museum wasn’t great, but it wasn’t exactly bad. It was fun, and that’s the best thing you can say as an adult watching a film designed to appeal to 8-year olds. Perhaps he can bring that sense of swashbuckling adventure to Uncharted.
But I’m skeptical, and questioning why this movie is even being made in the first place. Uncharted is a hugely popular video game franchise, famous for being the closest thing a game gets to a Hollywood blockbuster. It has incredibly elaborate action sequences, well-rounded characters, and cutscenes that players actually want to watch.
But, Uncharted is, of course, heavily inspired by Indiana Jones. It stars a likable everyman, Nathan Drake, who is always on globe-trotting quests to discover ancient treasure before a villain reaches them first. He has a habit of stumbling on ridiculously beautiful lost cities, and destroying them forever. He is a bit of a blank slate, really, and has few distinguishable characteristics to separate him from every other action hero out there. Outside of the video game world, there is nothing about Uncharted that screams originality.