It seems like a version of musical chairs is going on over at the videogame adventure adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, with new writers called in and another director departing. Director Neil Burger has left the project behind, with a plan to direct Summit Entertainment’s Divergent instead. Read on for more.
Entering through the revolving door we also have writers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, who’ll be taking over with the screenplay.
If you hadn’t heard of the Wibberleys, they wrote the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Sixth Day, the Charlie’s Angels sequel Full Throttle, I, Spy, with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, and the animated guinea pig shenanigans of G-Force. More recently, they’ve also had a shot at the Highlander remake, although more relevantly, they’ve also written the National Treasure films, both of which involved a globe-trotting, loot-hunting Nic Cage, which they penned for Jerry Bruckheimer, according to EmpireOnline.
Having the Wibberleys on board makes a great deal of sense, since the Uncharted series is also a globe-trotting loot-hunting set of games for the PS3, following athletic, sexy hero Nathan Drake on his trips to the likes of El Dorado, Shambala and the Iram of the Pillars. He’s sort of like a playful, female version of Lara Croft, in a way.
The screenplay’s also had a bit of a runaround, the earliest version written by Sahara and Conan writers Josh Oppenheimer and Dean Donnelly. However, Russell preferred his own vision (which seems to split from the games a bit), and then that was written over by Neil Burger when he came aboard.
As for what the Wibberleys will be doing with the script, we can only guess. They could be starting from scratch, or editing what’s already there. One thing’s for sure, the project won’t go out to a new director until their script is complete.
As far as we know, Avi and Ari Arad are still producing with Charles Roven and Alex Gartner, and all this is going on over at Sony.
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