Zero Dark Thirty was a movie about the true story of a team of soldiers killing one guy in the name of justice/vengeance. The Uncharted video game series is about one guy killing a million guys in the name of historical artifacts. They’re basically the same thing, in that they’re both about killing, so it’s fitting that Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning writer behind Zero Dark Thirty, has just signed on to write Sony’s big-screen Uncharted adaptation—according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hopefully, Boal will give Uncharted that extra shot of ripped-from-the-headlines grittiness that the games’ lovable characters and clever quips so desperately need.
The movie, which is being directed by Seth Gordon, will presumably follow the plot of the first game in the Uncharted series, but we don’t know that for sure. That game sees Nathan Drake—a supposed descendant of Sir Francis Drake—searching for the lost city of El Dorado in South America. As THR points out, though, Sony still hasn’t found someone to play Drake himself. Chris Pratt was apparently offered the role recently, but he turned it down because he’s too good for video game adaptations now that he’s pulling in that Guardians Of The Galaxy money. Since it’s having so much trouble casting the lead, maybe Sony can just use the actual in-game model of Drake and have everybody else be live-action humans. It’ll be like the Paddington movie!