Hollywood has been excited about making an Uncharted Movie. What could be better than creating a modern take on the Indiana Jones series? The Uncharted games set a benchmark in creating the perfect summer blockbuster video game experience.

Columbia pictures currently own the rights and have been laying the framwork for a movie adaptation. Fortunately they’ve been doing the right moves in steering the project from the Paul WS Andersons and Uwe Bolls of the world by hiring a quality director in David O. Russell.

Here’s the official press release:

David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) has been set to write and direct Columbia Pictures’ Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, an action-adventure based upon the bestselling PlayStation 3 game, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad, and Alex Gartner.

The story follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “David is a tremendous choice to take on this film. He’s equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy, and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation.”

The game, developed by the acclaimed team at Naughty Dog, was one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed games for the PS3. Named IGN’s Best Action Game and Best PS3 Game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune sold one million copies in the first 10 weeks of its release at the end of 2007 on its way to moving more than 2.6 (confirm) million copies and spawning a sequel. That sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, was a major commercial and critical success, winning Game of the Year honors from several influential critics, being named the most critically acclaimed game of the year by Metacritic, and selling more than 3.8 million copies worldwide. Both games are among the all-time best-selling games for the platform.

The project will be overseen at Columbia Pictures by Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin.

Russell could be an excellent choice. He is known for his fantastic visual eye and great character work. Uncharted: Drake’s fortune has the potential to turn into a successfull film adaptation and a terrific Hollywood Blockbuster.


  1. This is a quality director. Then they also need a quality lead. I propose Joe Flanigan, already a proven action hero in Stargate Atlantis, and gosh, that piccie above, Joe can do that look! The resemblance is uncanny…

  2. I loved ‘Three Kings’, so I hope Russell can do great things with this film, too. If they’re looking for suggestions for a leading man, Joe Flanigan has the action hero experience from his role as Lt Col John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis and more recently in his film ‘The Other Side’ that makes him the ideal man to take on the role of Nathan Drake. Added to that, he already has many of Nathan’s mannerisms and looks very much like him, so I can’t imagine why the makers would consider anyone else!

  3. I’d vote for Joe Flanigan for the role if I had a chance!
    He’s who I though of first when I saw the character.
    And he has the experience and talent for this genre!
    He wants to do it, and tweeted that he’s damn good at the game.

  4. The only person for the role of Nathan Drake is JOE FLANIGAN! This guy has all the qualities to make this character believeable: he looks like Nathan, he’s athletic, smart, articulate, fiesty, funny, sarcastic, has a remarkable physical presence, adventurous, the right siza, and can actually handle the physical rigors this part would require. In a nutshell- HE IS PERFECT!

  5. Joe Flanigan is my choice to play Nathan Drake. He looks and acts like the character; plays the PS3 game, so he is very familiar with the types of scenario the character is likely to encounter.

  6. Joe is by far the best actor for the job his performance in Atlantis is exactly like drake except in another universe, he has the charm and charisma that is so well portrayed in the game and more over he looks exactly like Drake, unlike the others including Fillion dont have the same presence as Joe would. He would be lierally perfect for the role my only worry is will they take a chance on a tv actor – though like i said i know he’d be perfect for the role.

  7. I agree Joe Flanigan would be ideal, but he may need to put on a voice. His voice in Stargate: Atlantis just wont work for Nathan Drake