So it looks like, just like Zak Penn (Avengers) and Justin Marks (He-Man, Thundercats) before him, screenwriter Kyle Ward has decided to build himself up as the go to guy for video game movie scripts. Only a few days after taking the gig to write the Hitman sequel as reported last week, Ward (Kane & Lynch) has been given the task to script a feature film based on the hit Playstation 3 game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
A synopsis of the game:
Drake’s Fortune tells the story of Nathan Drake, an adventurer and descendant of actual explorer Sir Francis Drake, who discovers a diary by his late ancestor that leads the way to the fabled city of gold: El Dorado. As usual, when trying to discover some of the universe’s greatest treasures, things don’t go so well; between rival seekers of the gold city and mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis trying to stop him, Nathan Drake is obviously in for a challenge and a kick-ass adventure.
The game is pretty fun (what little I got to try) and it does give a sort of “a modernized Indiana Jones, or a male Laura (sic) Croft” vibe, with a bit more realism (and no nuked fridges). The game is already getting a sequel, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, later this year.
Well, I will give this guy ome credit: he’s good at picking projects. While the games these projects are based on are quite popular, none of them have rabid fandoms that are easily tweaked (of course, that never stopped Uwe Boll form trashing them with his movies). Plus, they are fairly cinematic already, so transferring them to movie form wouldn’t be nearly as difficult as, say, MOST games (Super Mario Bros., anyone?).
Still, I am maintaining a position of cautious optimism until we get a sample of this guy’s style we can chew on.