National Treasure Scribes Writing Uncharted; Neil Burger Exits the Director’s Chair

Posted on August 24, 2012
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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune has seen development hell and then some.

The Illusionist director Neil Burger was tapped to direct, but now he has bowed out of the director’s chair.  He is the second director to be attached and then subsequently fall through.

Last year, The Fighter director David O. Russell was envisioning the film to have a family dynamic like The Sopranos.  I’m not sure Tony Soprano is the best father figure.

His film starred his friend Mark Wahlberg and was luckily scrapped.  Wahlberg went shortly after the director did.

Now, another director exits and new writers have been brought on.  Hit the jump for more on this.


Burger was signed on the film to write and direct.  Recently, Burger entered into talks to direct the first part in a young adult book series called Divergent.  You can assume his departure from Uncharted has a lot to do with that.

Coming on to write the script now are Cormac and Marianne Wibberley.  They are actually an obvious choice and seem a natural fit.  They’ve written a film that was a successful adventure film that spawned a sequel that was also successful.

Before the studio can get a director, they’ve got to get a good script in order.  They’ll be doing themselves and the director a favor by doing that.

I’m not sure how long it’s going to take Sony to call up Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio to work on this.  They’ve written some great modern day adventures like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Mask of Zorro. Their style would translate well into the Uncharted world.  And, please cast Nathan Fillion already.

This film really can’t be this difficult, the story’s already been done as a video game.  Tomb Raider got made, after all.