Seth Gordon to Direct 'Uncharted' for Sony

David O. Russell was the last person to be attached as director for the long-gestating video game adaptation.
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Uncharted, Sony’s long-gestating adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, has found a new director: Seth Gordon.

Gordon, known for the comedies Horrible Bossies and Identity Thief, is in final negotiations to direct Uncharted, which has been without a helmer ever since David O. Russell parted ways with the studio in 2011 and before Neil Burger was attached to direct.

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Avi Arad, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing.

The video game centers on a treasure hunter named Nate Drake -- a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake -- who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. His search for El Dorado becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray, and 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.

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The project would be a shift in tone and scale for Gordon, who has made a name for himself with his hit comedies ever since he broke through with the documentary King of Kong. He is exec producing the ABC comedy The Goldbergs and, so far, has directed five of the first season’s episodes.

He is due to shoot a remake of War Games this June.