November 12, 2014
Oscar Winning Writer Mark Boal Working On Sony's UNCHARTED Movie And Chris Pratt Passes On Lead
THR is reporting that Sony has tasked Oscar winning screenwriter Mark Boal (Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) to pen the newest script for Sony's Uncharted film. The film is based on the wildly successful and immersive games. Sony owns the rights outright and have made a name by developing cinematic games thanks to developer Naughty Dog. They also have Sam Raimi developing an adaptation of The Last of Us. Boal is apparently a fan of the games, which isn't hard to imagine since it's a massive best seller.
David O'Russell was once attached to write and direct the film, with Mark Wahlberg in the lead role. That whole deal broke-down and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) stepped-in. Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Lego Movie, Guardians of The Galaxy) had been offered the lead role, but passed on it. Wahlberg teaming-up with Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) on The Six Billion Dollar Man, likely means Mark is out as well. Pratt's Marvel and Jurassic World contracts could be the reason he passed on the film. He might be committed to a Guardians trilogy, the two Avengers: Infinity War films and Jurassic World sequels. That doesn't leave much room for an Uncharted trilogy for Sony.