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Screenwriting duo enters "Uncharted" territory

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer have been given the keys to “Uncharted: Drake Fortune.”

Columbia Pictures has tapped the screenwriting duo to pen the adaptation of the video game.

“Uncharted” follows a treasure hunter named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis 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 ratcheted 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.

Donnelly and Oppenheimer wrote a screenplay for the in-the-works “Conan” and worked on “Cowboys & Aliens.” The news of their involvement in “Uncharted” was first reported by