Development of the Uncharted film seems to be moving along in fits and starts. It's on hold, but not dead. Its script is complete, and writer Joe Carnahan (known for Narc, The A-Team remake, and The Grey) mentioned in interviews that he has received great feedback on it. Except from series developer Naughty Dog, that is.
A couple of days ago, Naughty Dog writer Neil Druckmann stated in a tweet that "No one at Naughty Dog has read the script" of the film.
No one at Naughty Dog has read the script. No idea what the movie is about let alone its tone. https://t.co/lc64Pevqyk
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 23, 2017
This was in response to Carnahan saying the film would retain what he saw as the game's "foul-mouthed" dialogue. "I definitely didn't write it as a 'PG-13' movie, I wrote it the way that movie should be written," Carnahan said to ComingSoon.net.
Speaking to Collider, Carnahan has also said that "it was important" he get the approval of previous series writer Amy Hennig and Nathan Drake voice actor Nolan North. However, his statement about Naughty Dog left a lot of room for doubt. "What I've heard is the Naughty Dog guys are really happy with it," Carnahan said. "But who knows?" It's important to note this is a transcription of a spoken interview, but this still does not lend the statement a lot of confidence.
Seeing this, Druckmann once again stated Naughty Dog "knows nothing" about the film on Twitter.
A recent quote from the writer of the Uncharted film. We know nothing about the film. Wish he'd stop implying that he has our support. pic.twitter.com/He1AHK53TI
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 25, 2017
Assuming what Druckmann's saying is true, (and we have no reason to believe it's not), it strikes me as strange for Carnahan to say something implying the film has Naughty Dog's support, then immediately follow it up with "Who knows?" Maybe it's something he heard from someone else? But if they're not collaborating with the team who made the material they're working off of, it may not bode well for the film capturing what made the games so popular.