National Treasure Writers Hired for Uncharted Movie

The adaptation of the hit PlayStation 3 game has lost a director, gained screenwriters who have been there, done that.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Sony's been trying to adapt Naughty Dog's best-selling video game franchise Uncharted since at least 2008. Honestly, we have no idea what's taking them so long. The globetrotting adventures of sarcastic antiquities plunderer Nathan Drake owe so much to movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and National Treasure that we figured adapting it back into a feature would have been a no-brainer. It's been four years now, and apparently they've been having so much trouble that they've decided to cut the middle man altogether, and just hire the writers of National Treasure outright.

Variety reports that Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, the wife and husband writing team behind National Treasure, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and the superhero guinea pig movie G-Force, have now been tapped to write the screenplay for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the first game in the hit franchise. The story finds Nathan Drake, a descendant of famous explorer Sir Francis Drake, seeking the lost treasure of El Dorado alongside the tenacious reporter Elena Fisher and his father figure, Victor "Sully" Sullivan. Shenangians ensue and they're forced to solve a series of puzzles and gun down a small army of rival treasure hunters.

The Wibberleys are both obvious and potentially problematic screenwriters for the franchise, since their work will be under close scrutiny for any similarities to their other treasure-hunting movies. But at least they have plenty of time to get it right: Limitless director Neil Burger is no longer attached to the project, and Sony is reportedly waiting for the script to be right before bringing on whomever his replacement may be.

CraveOnline will be back with more Uncharted news after we go down the creepy tunnel inside the tomb.