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Uncharted film loses another director, gains writers

By: Muhammad Qasim Hassan

  |   August 27th, 2012   |  

Uncharted film loses another director, gains writers

For the fans of Uncharted franchise that have been anxiously waiting to feast their eyes on the film adaptation of the game, there is a bit of a bad news. They will have to wait a bit more as the director seat has become vacant, again.

Sony Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and Arad Productions may be committed to getting the developed of Uncharted film underway, but things are simply refusing to go their way.

According to Variety, Neil Burger, well known for his directorial duties in Limitless, has parted ways with the Uncharted film project. The reason for his leaving the project is not known yet.

This is not the first time that the film adaptation of the popular action-adventure game has found itself losing a director. Previously, David O. Russell, known for I Heart Huckabees, had thrown in the towel in May 2011.

It did not take Sony Pictures and accompanying studios much time to find a replacement, bringing Burger inboard in July 2011.

Things began to look promising for a while, but it was not meant to last as the latest director also vacated the director slot.

While the film has experienced a major setback due to the departure of yet another director, not everything is as bad as it seems.

According to reports, Marianne and Cormac Wibberley have joined the Uncharted: The Film team, ready to rewrite the story of the film. The two writers are well known as the architects of Disney’s popular National Treasure franchise and are expected to utilise their expertise to make the latest project special.

Variety has reported that the producers plan on delaying the search for a new director to replace Burger until Marianne and Cormac are done with the rewrite.

Considered among the most critically acclaimed titles for the Playstation 3, the Uncharted franchise follows the adventures of Nathan “Nate” Drake, a modern-day treasure hunter, who travels around the world with his companions and a journalist to unravel the hidden mysteries. The game is often compared with the Tomb Raider franchise, which features Lara Croft as she travels around the world to do pretty much the same thing. However, the game offers its own distinct experience, one that has been met with an overwhelming response.

It would be interesting to see how the public responds to the film adaptation of the film. There have been a number of popular franchises that have made their way to silver screen, only to leave the viewers and even fans disappointed. Mortal Kombat is among the few films that received positive reviews. That underwhelming response to film adaptations of video games has failed to deter the enthusiasm of studios and even at this point, a number of films are in the pipeline, which include the World of Warcraft and Deus-Ex film.