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Seth Gordon exits Uncharted as the studio takes a new creative direction

06.24.2015

As one long delayed video-game adaptation moves forward, another long delayed video-game adaptation has found itself stalled once again. Seth Gordon, who was all set to direct the big-screen adaptation of Sony's popular Uncharted video game franchise, has now exited the project. UNCHARTED follows the career of treasure hunting thief Nathan Drake in what Sony is envisioning as "a swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones."

Sony Chief Tom Rothman had been discussing the fate of UNCHARTED ever since he took over the big chair at Sony, but rather than slash the budget, as has been his modus operandi in the past, he decided to take UNCHARTED in a new creative direction, which is what prompted Gordon's exit. Last we heard, Mark Boal (ZERO DARK THIRTY) was working on the screenplay for UNCHARTED but it looks like Rothman's new creative direction may necessitate a return to the drawing board.

UNCHARTED is still scheduled for a June 10, 2016 release but as the film has no director and no star, I'd imagine that Sony will be pushing that date back. The next game in the Uncharted series, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, is set to be released in either the first or second quarter of 2016.

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3:58PM on 06/27/2015
Rothman is the new head of Sony? Oh boy
Rothman is the new head of Sony? Oh boy
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1:48PM on 06/25/2015

James Wolk

Let's be REALISTIC with our casting choices, shall we? I think James Wolk is the ONLY obvious choice for the role. Fillion would never do it so he is off the list entirely.
Let's be REALISTIC with our casting choices, shall we? I think James Wolk is the ONLY obvious choice for the role. Fillion would never do it so he is off the list entirely.
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7:33AM on 06/25/2015
There's only one person who can get this right and his name is Spielberg. The Uncharted series shares so many similarities with Indiana Jones anyway. Make it happen Sony, money is no object.
There's only one person who can get this right and his name is Spielberg. The Uncharted series shares so many similarities with Indiana Jones anyway. Make it happen Sony, money is no object.
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1:45PM on 06/25/2015
Spielberg works for Dreamworks, that isn't a Sony corporation.
Spielberg works for Dreamworks, that isn't a Sony corporation.
3:37PM on 06/25/2015
Actually, i believe Spielberg owns Dreamworks. But why does that matter? He could branch out and do something outside of his production company.
Actually, i believe Spielberg owns Dreamworks. But why does that matter? He could branch out and do something outside of his production company.
1:30AM on 06/25/2015
Even odds the "new creative direction" just happens to be cheaper anyway
Even odds the "new creative direction" just happens to be cheaper anyway
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10:44PM on 06/24/2015
Jensen Ackles for Nathan Drake.
Jensen Ackles for Nathan Drake.
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10:29PM on 06/24/2015
I love this game series, and if I'm honest, there isn't a ton to be gained in making it a movie. I'm sure they'll keep trying, but I doubt you'll easily match the feeling of playing the game.
I love this game series, and if I'm honest, there isn't a ton to be gained in making it a movie. I'm sure they'll keep trying, but I doubt you'll easily match the feeling of playing the game.
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10:08PM on 06/24/2015

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

they're the clear choice for this movie. even though they've turned down the offer several times, i think they have the right mix of action/violence and humor for Uncharted.
they're the clear choice for this movie. even though they've turned down the offer several times, i think they have the right mix of action/violence and humor for Uncharted.
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10:01PM on 06/24/2015
Uncharted is infinitely more entertaining as a game than it would be in movie form, which would lack the sense of active engagement in favor of pure spectatorship.

Maybe it should just stay this way, instead of throwing lots of money at an idea that doesn't seem to be working as it is.
Uncharted is infinitely more entertaining as a game than it would be in movie form, which would lack the sense of active engagement in favor of pure spectatorship.

Maybe it should just stay this way, instead of throwing lots of money at an idea that doesn't seem to be working as it is.
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