Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment’s new video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune made a name for itself as a cinematic action experience when it released in the final months of 2007, and it sold one million copies in its first 10 weeks. Therefore, it makes sense that Columbia Pictures has pegged it as a good game to adapt into a movie.
The adaptation will be written by Kyle Ward, who is represented by CAA and Benderspink. Ward wrote Lionsgate’s adaptation of Kane & Lynch, and will be working on 20th Century Fox’s Hitman 2 adaptation.
Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner will produce the Uncharted film. Avi and Ari Arad are currently working with Columbia to develop the film adaptation of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride, which should be directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Roven and Gartner are working on Season of the Witch, a Nicolas Cage horror film, for Atlas Entertainment. Its release is planned for this year.
That’s a solid lineup of names behind the Uncharted adaptation. Like the game, the movie will follow Nathan Drake, a descendent of Sir Francis Drake, the famous explorer. Drake embarks on a quest to find the legendary El Dorado by following the trail of a cursed statue made out of gold. On his journey, he’ll run into trouble from another treasure hunter, but that’s nothing compared to the danger that arrives when mutant creatures begin attacking them.