Who’s Ready For The UNCHARTED Movie?
Screenwriter Joe Carnahan sat down to discuss the Uncharted script with Comingsoon.net and there were several interesting reveals throughout the talk. Naturally, it’s “R” rated. Let us not roll our eyes too hard, since the video game does have a fair amount of swearing and blowing bad guys away. But, when the issue of how to make an Uncharted movie without ripping off Indiana Jones came up, his response gives hope:
Listen, I’m a huge Indiana Jones fan, which was one of my interests in it and you have to remember you’ve got Sully as well, so it’s more of a buddy situation than just Drake solo. You have this kind of Hope & Crosby, “Road to Morocco” kind of thing, so it’s not a straight Indy lift. Drake is not a guy who likes museums. He thinks they’re all crooked. Curators are “thieves,” the guys in the Louvre and The Met are thieves and despicable. He’s a treasure hunter, not an archaeologist. He doesn’t have Indiana Jones’ idea of pure faith in archaeology. That’s not the way he thinks. It differentiates, and in the script there are deliberate differentiations. He has a line where he says, “They’re gonna be looking at real booby traps, not rolling boulder bullsh*t.” (laughs) [“Raiders of the Lost Ark”] is still arguably my favorite movie of all-time, but it was necessary to create those distinctions. I think Amy Hennig did it when she wrote the game. She made Drake very much an anti-Indiana Jones, you know? Don’t forget, for that first game after that pirate attack, Drake and Sully leave Elena behind, they dump her. Indiana Jones would never do something like that. That’s a rogue act, so she was declaring very early on who that guy was. He was not Jones, he was not to be confused with that guy.
Clearly Carnahan understands the dynamic of the Uncharted games, and having a lot of banter between Sully and Drake will set them apart. Now, for those that immediately thought of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade… shut up. If it even remotely comes close to The Last Crusade’s relationship between Indy and his father, take my money! Nothing better than seeing a property (especially a video game) in the hands of a fan.
When he speaks of the action scenes he’s written into the film, there seems to be a large amount of excitement. Uncharted did not make it easy for Joe; they’ve started a game where you dangle off a train, hanging from a cliff. So, here’s to hoping that the action scenes blow us all away and leaving us drooling for more.
Carnahan is still in the negative for having The Raid remake on his plate. However, this is a great way to get back on our good sides. Sony Pictures has already hired Shawn Levy (he directed Stranger Things PEOPLE) to direct Uncharted. Fingers crossed everyone.