Back in May we brought you news that Sony planned to bring its multiple award winning PS3 Uncharted games franchise to the big screen. An adventure series similar in tone to the Indiana Jones flicks, it seemed the perfect property to buck the trend of woeful game-to-movie adaptations.
However, the pencilled in release date of Summer 2011 now looks to be an incredibly long shot as director David O Russel of Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees fame, who had initially been linked to the project, now no longer wishes to pursue it.
“Producers and the studio are going back to the drawing board. They’ll look for a new director — and first they may even look for a star or two to join the project,” report the Los Angeles Times. “With the male and female co-leads, it’s essentially a two-hander, so expect the casting process to be involved.”
It’s unlikely that this will be the end of the road for an Uncharted adaptation however. The series just fits too snugly into the summer blockbuster money-spinning mould. With a script already penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose credits include Sahara and the forthcoming Conan the Barbarian remake, we’d expect to see this hitting one hitting the silver screen sooner or later.