We’ve been hearing about the hopes to turn current hit The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog’s incredible Uncharted video game series into a movie for years now, with little luck. For a while it looked like The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell was going to make the movie, but his plans to cast Mark Wahlberg and significantly change the game’s already solid story did not go over well with fans, who desperately wanted Firefly star Nathan Fillion cast in the lead, ultimately leading to Russell’s departure from the project.
Last we heard the writers of National Treasure had been brought in to deliver the latest attempt at the script, but no word on how that went. Instead, it’s now been revealed who Naughty Dog has wanted to write the script for several years now: This Is The End writing and directing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Speaking with IGN, Rogen said “They’re constantly asking me and Evan to make the Uncharted movie,” with Goldberg adding that they’ve been asked multiple times over the past four years but they have had to decline every time not because they don’t like the games—they’re actually big fans, which is important to the movie being done properly—but because they can’t think of the right approach to the movie.
Goldberg explained, saying:
“It’s just going to be Indiana Jones. If we could figure out a way to make it not Indiana Jones, it’d be awesome.”
Rogen and Goldberg, in addition to writing and making their directorial debut on This Is The End, have also written Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, and The Watch (with Jared Stern) together.
Personally I like the idea of Rogen and Goldberg writing the Uncharted movie, and maybe even directing it. Rogen wouldn’t be a good fit to play Nathan Drake himself, obviously, but their style of humor would work nicely in translating the game to the big screen, especially with their being fans of the games. Worrying about being too much like Indiana Jones is a legitimate concern as the games are very much inspired by Harrison Ford’s action hero icon, and they’re right, replicating it could be disastrous. That said, the Indy movies are set in the 30s and 50s and humor isn’t nearly as crucial to Indy as it is Drake, so a much more current and comical archaeological adventure could work out just fine, if in fact Rogen and Goldberg could figure out a way to distinguish it to their satisfaction.
Would you want to see Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg write the script for an Uncharted movie?