Naughty Dog‘s Uncharted franchise has taken the world by storm these past few years, with the fourth entry in the wildly popular video game series smashing records in May when it released to universal acclaim. We’ve been hearing rumblings of a film adaptation ever since the third game was released back in 2011, and now a screenwriter has been hired to write the latest draft of the script, according to Variety. That screenwriter is Joe Carnahan.
Carnahan, though he will be writing the script, is unable to direct the film due to his prior commitments to direct Bad Boys III, which starts filming in early 2017. However, he may direct the Uncharted adaptation after all if Sony is willing to wait for production on the Will Smith-starring Bad Boys sequel to wrap. “In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script,” he said.
For those unfamiliar with the property, Uncharted follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake as he travels the world in search of ancient artifacts. On being given the opportunity to work on this adaptation, Carnahan says, “Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how a piece got there to begin with. Plus, the property itself is so popular that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to work on it.”
There is no word on who will be cast in the starring role, though over the years everyone from Chris Pratt to Mark Wahlberg have been rumored to be in talks. We also don’t know quite yet who Sony has in mind to direct. Stay tuned for more news on Sony’s upcoming Uncharted adaptation.