The Hollywood Reporter brings word this afternoon that Academy Award-winning writer Mark Boal, who won in 2010 for The Hurt Locker and was nominated again for Zero Dark Thirty in 2013, has been brought on to work on the script for Sony’s adaptation of the hit video game series Uncharted, of which Boal is reportedly a fan.
Boal isn’t the first screenwriter to tackle the project as Oscar nominee David O. Russell wrote a draft when he was originally attached and has been followed with scripts by Doctor Strange‘s Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, Safe House‘s David Guggenheim, and Cormac and Marianne Wibberley of National Treasure fame.
Based on the action-adventure video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the story follows a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. The search becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray, then is escalated when creatures — actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis — begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure’s true secrets.
The Seth Gordon-directed Uncharted is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2016.