For a long time now, Sony Pictures has been desperately seeking to create a live-action film, based on the iconic Naughty Dog game, Uncharted. Since they underwent this expedition, the project has seen two different actors named as playing the main character, Nathan Drake. Mark Wahlberg was the initial choice, but that eventually was nixed for Tom Holland to play a young Nathan Drake. While that was going on, Sony Pictures had brought in several writers pen screenplays, including Joe Carnahan (of Bad Boys fame), before choosing the draft written by Jonathan Rosenberg & Mark Walker.
As if that wasn’t enough fluctuation, the director’s chair has also had its fair share of musical chairs. Seth Gordon claimed the chair back in 2014, before giving it up to the eventual replacement Shawn Levy, only for him to step down for scheduling conflicts. According to a report by Variety, Sony Pictures hopes to have finally landed their permanent director in Dan Trachtenburg.
Trachtenburg saw his star rise from unknown to up-and-coming director with the critically-acclaimed Cloverfield sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Since then, he’s developed a short film for Portal (see below) and worked on Universal Pictures’ Space Race. He also worked on some TV series, directing the acclaimed “Black Mirror” episode “Playtest” and the pilot episode for Amazon Prime‘s “The Boys“.
Sony Pictures has not yet disclosed a release date for Uncharted, as they don’t have a set shooting schedule yet. With Holland’s press tour for Spider-man: Far From Home scheduled for the Summer, the idea is to try and begin filming before the end of the year.
Uncharted is based on the PlayStation video game series following the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The film stars Tom Holland and chronicles Drake’s first encounter with the professional rogue Sullivan.
It’s well-documented that the track-record for video games to movies isn’t great, as many of them go off-course from the source material that people loved initially. While it’s not much, the Portal short film could provide a measure relief and confidence that Sony Pictures has found a director that can buck that awful trend. Our very own EIC’s, Jordan, review of this film was, “On top of Cloverfield Lane being amazing, Trachtenburg’s Portal short shows he can honor source material while still making something new (and badass)“. Enjoy.
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