Is it what fans want?
Movie companies have tried many times to adapt popular video games into good films, but they’ve almost always failed. Ever since the first Uncharted game was released back in 2007, Sony has been in talks about adapting the franchise into a film. The voice actor for the series’ main character Nathan Drake, doesn’t think a film would be such a great idea, however.
In an interview with GameNewswOfficial, voice actor Nolan North spoke candidly about the project, and explained why he doesn’t think it’s a great idea.
“My opinion on this–from what I’ve heard from fans–is they don’t want a movie, no matter who’s the star of it,” North said. “Maybe it’s because [the Uncharted series] is such a cinematic experiences in and of itself.”
Since the Uncharted film was first announced, we’ve heard very little solid information about the title. Many big names such as Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson have all been rumored to be attached to the film but none have been confirmed.
The recent release of the Hitman movie has received bad reviews from critics and North expressed his thoughts that maybe games just don’t do so well when they’re adapted to the big screen.
“I don’t know if it’s financially feasible for the studios to make this film anymore. Personally, that’s just my feeling. Hitman wasn’t received very well and others have not done very well. Some have, I know Resident Evil did ok, but that’s a different genre.
“My other opinion about this game is I think the emotional investment people have with Nathan Drake is so high that it would be very difficult for them to accept somebody else, even me with my face as Nathan Drake. They’d recognise the voice, but I don’t know if they’d accept me.”
Many fans may agree that an Uncharted movie would be a bad move, but given its swashbuckling nature, it may be a better fit than past games.