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Uncharted movie has a script, writer boasts it’s a ‘beast’

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Nathan Drake hangs on to a plane cargo strap for his dear life in a promo shot from Uncharted Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The Uncharted movie has a script, at last, possibly clearing the way for filming to begin this spring on the oft-delayed project.

Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) posted an image of its title page yesterday to Instagram, calling it "monstrously cool" and "a BEAST." Carnahan was brought aboard this summer to take a crack at an Uncharted adaptation, which has been chewed over since 2009.

Sony and producers Avi and Ari Arad have gone through at least three potential directors and two writing teams since then, and was supposed to begin filming in 2015. The script completion could mean filming will begin this year, as current director Shawn Levy indicated back in November.

PlayStation’s Uncharted franchise is universally fawned over as among the most cinematic and sophisticated in video gaming, but when interactivity is taken out of the experience, even the best video game's plot holes and dialogue clichés become a lot more stark.

Take Assassin's Creed, the latest high-hopes critical faceplant that, despite all kinds of Oscar-nominated firepower in the cast, staggered under the typical obligations of fan service and an origin story constructed for another medium.

Most video game adaptations still make a boatload of money. However, the best-reviewed live-action video game movie on Rotten Tomatoes is 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (36 percent "fresh"). On Metacritic, it's 1995's Mortal Kombat (58).

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