There is an obvious answer to the title when it comes to an adaptation of the beloved game series Uncharted. That answer is that we don’t want to see an adaptation at all, that video game adaptations are always terrible with Assassins Creed and Warcraft being only the most recent examples. Yet everyone has a secret hope that one day there will be a perfect adaptation of a video game, and since Uncharted is basically a Hollywood blockbuster in style, spectacle, and above all spirit, is has the best chance of finally achieving this unimaginable goal. After all, what does Nathan Drake love more than a situation that is borderline impossible?
After spending years in development hell, the Uncharted movie finally has a director in Shawn Levy, of Night at the Museum fame, don’t worry he’s directed some of Stranger Things as well. Added to this announcement was a plot synopsis that reads:
“A descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nathan Drake believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, a cursed golden statue. The search becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray“.
This means that Levy, who plans to start shooting in the spring, will be adapting the first games plot, a choice that will please most fans.
So what do we want to see?
Unfortunately fan favourite Nathan Fillion may be a little too old to play Nathan Drake these days. There is strong rumours that Levy is considering Oscar Isaac: the extremely charismatic star of hits like The Force Awakens, Drive, and Inside Llewellyn Davis. Isaac would be an excellent fit for the role, and is a left field choice that could make the film more interesting. A popular choice would also be Chris Pratt, which is too obvious for me, as is Jennifer Lawrence as the adventurous filmmaking, Elena. A great fit for Elena would be Evan Rachael Wood, an actress who could bring a lot to the role, even if it’s slightly underwritten. She’s that good. As for Nathan’s mentor/partner in crime, Sully, the role has to go to a seasoned pro, and there’s no one more seasoned than Jeff Bridges. Although Don Johnson, who is enjoy a mini career revival, could also be a good fit.
The first Uncharted game is an almost perfect action/adventure. The one thing it is missing is a compelling villain. A weakness of the game could prove to be a strength for the movie version. It would be a little pointless to make a straight adaptation of the first games story. Creating an original, memorable villain could be a way for Levy, and his writers to make their own mark, and give audiences something a little different while still adhering to the spirit of the series.
Uncharted is a game that is constantly compared to Hollywood blockbusters, if any adaptation could break the curse started by the Super Mario Brothers film, it’s Nathan Drake and his impossible quests.