Columbia Adapting Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

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Columbia Pictures is developing action-adventure video game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” for a feature film, setting Kyle Ward to write the adaptation that would be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner.

The Hollywood Reporter says the story follows a descendent 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 racheted up several notches when creatures — actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis — begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure’s true secrets.

The game, from Sony Computer Entertainment, sold 1 million copies in the first 10 weeks of its release at the end of 2007.