Uncharted movie loses (another) director

While the Uncharted video games are continuing unabated, it seems the film adaptation of the franchise has hit yet another roadblock: Director Seth Gordon has reportedly left the project.

Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4

The news comes from “an individual familiar with the project” rather than any official statement from Sony, but it would just be another setback in a long list if it’s proven to be true. When questioned, Sony had no comment, and a representative for the (former?) director was unable to be contacted.

This isn’t the first time a director’s left the Naughty Dog adaptation – David O. Russell was originally attached but pulled out in 2011, with Neil Burger departing just 12 months later.

Interestingly, it’s also being reported that Gordon left after disagreeing with the new creative direction of the film – something Sony boss Tom Rothman has been pushing for. Rothman’s other option – after Amy Pascal departed – was to slash the budget… he decided to take the film somewhere new, instead. While Sony (and, presumably, Gordon) were hoping for something National Treasure/Indiana Jones-esque, it seems that Rothman’s headed more down the road of Resident Evil.

Uncharted is being written by Mark Boal (best known for The Hurt Locker), but Sony is still looking for its Nathan Drake – or any major star to be attached to the project.

Originally planned for a cinematic release in June 2016, it’s unclear when the film will finally arrive.

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