Everything You Need To Know About Sony’s Long-Awaited ‘Uncharted’ Movie
While every movie is expected to suffer a few setbacks along the way, the path to completion for Sony’s Uncharted can only be likened to trying to make it across a minefield – blindfolded.
The film adaptation of the video game series has suffered a number of setbacks over the last few years, most notably in its struggle to keep a director on-board. The film’s first director, David O’Russell (The Fighter), left the film in 2011. Then came Shawn Levy (Stranger Things), who managed to hang around until 2018, before Sony then found a suitor in the form of 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg.
But what seemed to be a project that would remain uncompleted, is now shaping up to be a very exciting flick. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Chairman and CEO, Tony Vinciquerra has ensured the film is now in “advanced development.”
The film is expected to be a prequel to the games. Based on the PlayStation video game series of the same name, the Uncharted film will depict a young Nathan Drake and his first encounter with the fortune seeker and businessman, Victor Sullivan. The film reportedly takes influence from a sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
Joe Carnahan (The Grey) penned a draft of the script, which he later described as an R-rated take that remained faithful to the adult language used in the games. However, a new writer was said to be sought after Sony made the decision to focus on a young Nathan Drake.
Of course, the big news is that Nathan Drake will be played by Tom Holland of Spider-Man: Far From Home fame, as reported by Variety. Holland has become something of a household name since his introduction as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and his casting suggests the director is going to focus on a younger Nathan Drake to appeal to a more global fan base.
According to reports published earlier this year, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pine, and Woody Harrelson were all shortlisted to play Sully, Nathan Drake’s mentor. Now though, reports from Hollywood have speculated that Mark Wahlberg is set to take on the role.
According to Variety, who first broke the news, Wahlberg was actually originally slated to play Nathan Drake when David O. Russell was signed up to make an adaptation, but after Travis Knight was unveiled as the new director, Wahlberg wanted to return to the project in some way.
While Vinciquerra has said the film is in “advanced development,” news about when production will begin is still unknown. At the moment, Sony hasn’t revealed any production or filming dates, but Vinciquerra’s comments would suggest that things will start rolling sometime this year.
Until then, we’ll be sure to bring you the details as they unfold.