‘Bad Boys 3’ Director Joe Carnahan to Write ‘Uncharted’ Adaptation for Sony (EXCLUSIVE)

Joe Carnahan
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Sony has recruited Joe Carnahan to write the latest draft of the script for its adaptation of the popular video game “Uncharted.”

Carnahan, who is also an accomplished director and producer, told Variety that he’s unable to also helm, unless production is pushed back, due to schedule constraints. “Bad Boys 3” will be his next directing gig. Production on the sequel gears up early next year — after Will Smith wraps David Ayer’s “Bright.”

“In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script,” he said.

“Uncharted” is an action-adventure film based on the critically-acclaimed and top-selling PlayStation video game series, which follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

Carnahan said entering the world of Nathan Drake is a dream come true.


“Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how a piece got there to begin with,” he said. “Plus, the property itself is so popular that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to work on it.”

The film will be a co-production between Arad and Atlas Entertainment Production, and will be produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad. Sony creative exec Jonathan Kadin is overseeing the project.

The video game series was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

In addition to directing “Bad Boy 3,” which reunites Smith and Martin Lawrence, Carnahan is also developing and producing the Frank Grillo-starrer “Wheelman” for Netflix.

Carnahan is repped by CAA.

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  1. Jason says:

    Better not end up like The Last of us movie…

  2. Francis says:

    Yeah! Bad Boys 3′!!!About time! I’ve been waiting for years for this,and they aren’t changing the leads!!YES!

  3. Kayla says:

    I love Uncharted but the games are already pretty much playable movies so I really don’t see the point of making it a live action film.

    • Roger says:

      my thoughts exactly. the games were made to be cinematic. like it’ll be hard to top the already wild action sequences with live action.
      but i’m not opposed to a movie. there’s def potential to create a new way to experience the Uncharted story in real life honestly, i would love to see how they approach Drake’s feisty character and the witty dialogue but especially see how they’ll shoot the escaping/parkour/climbing of builds & castles & towers, my fav aspect of the game.
      hmm, Bradley Cooper as Drake, what do ya think?

    • what the piont says:

      when its hits cinema
      you are not allowed to watch
      what the point?

  4. Marie says:

    Too bad I was never interested in the game, so there’s a high chance I won’t be interested in the film.
    On a positive note, it’s amazing to see video games on this platform. In the beginning they were once look at childish and redundant, now it has evolve into great storytelling entertainment pieces where now Hollywood is trying to get much cash as they can now.

    • Serena says:

      Well it’s a damn good thing no one is interested in you either.

    • Mike says:

      No one cares. The world doesn’t revolve around you. You aren’t special.

    • Matt says:

      Do you like Indiana Jones? If so, you don’t have to know anything about the game. Uncharted is a better written copy of Indiana Jones than Tomb Raider.

      • Michael says:

        Would rather have a Uncharted 5 then a Uncharted movie. Not to mention Sony already ruined Ghostbusters so why ruin Uncharted? Those games are perfection and a movie can’t duplicate that.

  5. Brian says:

    Is Sony Pictures actively trying to go out of business?

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