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Uncharted Movie To Begin Filming In 2015

In a new interview, director Seth Gordon details the production timeline for his movie adaptation of Naughty Dog's Uncharted game series.

In an interview with Zap2It, Gordon said shooting should begin "…very early next year. That's the plan."

He also talked a little bit about the game's settings, and said that the shooting would take place "all over the world."

Gordon is also still looking for a lead actor to portray Nathan Drake after Mark Wahlberg dropped out of the project after the departure of director David O. Russell.

Gordon said, "I want it to be a great actor. That's number one, and then if it's someone who has an actual jaw, that's even better. The game is so well done that you need it to live up to that. There's no way we'd do the inverse of that where it's somebody famous who can't [act]."

"It's going to honor the mythology of the game," said Gordon. "But I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there," he says. "There's some stuff that isn't in the game."

[Source: Zap2It]


Our Take:
While I'm a bit concerned with the fact that this is the third director attached to the project, Uncharted is one of the game series that seems most suited to the big screen. 

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Actor Todd Stashwick No Longer Involved With Uncharted 4

If you saw the Uncharted teaser that premiered at the PlayStation 4 launch event, you heard the voice of actor Todd Stashwick. We recently reported that he was joining former Naughty Dog writer and Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig at Visceral Games to work on that studio’s Star Wars project.

In the wake of that move, Naughty Dog has decided to recast Stashwick’s role in the upcoming fourth installment of the Uncharted series. The actor has confirmed the news with IGN. Because so little has been shared about Uncharted, we don’t know how much of an impact this has.

In addition to Amy Hennig’s departure, The Last of Us lead artist Nate Wells and Uncharted director Justin Richmond have also left. 

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
Naughty Dog seems to be in a state of upheaval, and while the studio has asserted that the Uncharted 4 timeline is unaffected (at least as recently as Richmond’s departure), it’s hard to believe that the game will be ready in 2014. We’ll likely know more at E3.

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Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Lead Star Wars Project At Visceral Games

EA has announced the hiring of former Naughty Dog writer and creative director Amy Hennig. Hennig joins Dead Space studio Visceral Games as creative director on that studios Star Wars project.

“As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired her approach to creative development – focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player,” writes Visceral general manager Steve Papoutsis. He goes on to say that Star Wars was one of things that got Hennig to say “yes” to EA and Visceral.

Hennig departed Naughty Dog suddenly last month. For more on her career, check out a piece written by senior features editor Matt Helgeson.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
Hennig’s hiring at Visceral makes me excited for that studio’s new Star Wars game. I’ve long been a fan of hers, and having her work on the franchise considered to be the geek Holy Grail is an exciting prospect indeed.

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Uncharted Writer And Director Amy Hennig Departs Naughty Dog

Amy Hennig, writer and director for Naughty Dog's Uncharted, Uncharted 2, and Uncharted 3 for has left the studio.

A representative from Sony offered a statement via e-mail regarding Hennig's departure saying, "We can confirm that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog. Amy has made significant contributions to the game industry and we appreciate all she has done for Naughty Dog. The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted." Hennig was working on Uncharted 4 before leaving the studio.

Unconfirmed reports from IGN say according to "numerous trusted sources," Hennig was "forced out" of Naughty Dog by The Last of Us directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, and that the two will take over development on Uncharted 4.

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
This is disappointing news. Whether Hennig's departure from Naughty Dog was voluntary or not, she was a crucial part of the studio and the Uncharted franchise.

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