There’s an Uncharted movie coming. I guess this has been known for a while, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting all about it, considering the lack of news, the usual quality of video game adaptations, and the fact that most good looking video game movies end up getting cancelled anyway. But still, there seems to be a lot of excitement and money behind the Uncharted movie project, which was just given an R rating by the MPAA for its apparently intense action scenes. However, excitement was cooled a little bit with the reveal that no one at Naughty Dog has even been allowed to read the Uncharted movie script.
The topic came up on Twitter, where a fan was asking Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann about the R rating that the movie received. While many moviegoers prefer R rated action, it feels a bit out of place for Uncharted, which is closer to an Indiana Jones style adventure, than a Dredd like hard action movie. Druckmann responded by saying that they can’t really comment on the ton of the movie. Saying “No one at Naughty Dog has read the script. No idea what the movie is about let alone its tone.”
This seems a bit odd, given Naughty Dog’s well established ability to tell a good story. Movies require different storytelling abilities, but you’d at least want them commenting on the script, letting you know if it’s gone way outside the tone of the long running series.
The Uncharted movie is being written by Joe Carnahan, whose previous scripts include The A-Team and The Grey. Whether he’s able to take that experience and apply it to the Uncharted series is the big question, but without Naughty Dog being involved, many are losing hope on the project.
When asked about the movie, Carnahan commented “When I wrote “Uncharted,” I didn’t spare the rod. I wrote it the way the video game is. They swear in the game, they’re kinda foul-mouthed and I kept all that stuff intact and I definitely didn’t write it as a “PG-13” movie, I wrote it the way that movie should be written.”