A movie based on video game maker Naughty Dog’s hit Uncharted series is still in the works, but hasn’t had much luck with the tricky task of finding the perfect star to play primary protagonist Nathan Drake or figuring out how to get the script exactly where it needs to be.
According to reports, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt is the most recent to be offered the role of Drake, but the actor has declined that offer. It’s also being reported that yet another writer has been brought in to work on the screenplay, Oscar winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).
Mark Wahlberg was attached to star for a long while, but that wasn’t a choice fans of the game were fond of at all and eventually he moved on to other things. The fan favorite choice by far (and easily the best choice for the role) is Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion, but unfortunately he either has been offered the part and had to decline for whatever reason or, more likely, Sony doesn’t feel he’s a big enough star for the movie…which is really be a damn shame if true.
Boal might seem like an odd choice given his dramatic background and the fact that comedy is such a major element of Uncharted, but according to reports he’s a big fan of the games and that’s important in bringing the character of Nathan Drake—arguably the most crucial ingredient in the recipe that makes the Uncharted games so appealing—to life. He’s currently writing his third script for director Kathryn Bigelow, Triple Frontier.
He’s the next in a long line of writers who have worked on drafts, including David O. Russell, who was set to direct when Wahlberg was going to star, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, David Guggenheim, and Cormac and Marianne Wibberley.
Do you think Chris Pratt would have been a good Nathan Drake?