Sony is finally, finally moving ahead with its long-gestating Uncharted movie, although it’s not in the direction many were expecting.
After circling a start on the video game adaptation with a number of screenplays – including a potentially R-rated screenplay from Joe Carnahan (Narc, The Grey) – and stars like Mark Wahlberg coming and going, it appears Sony is scrapping early ideas and moving ahead with a new plan: an Uncharted prequel focusing on a young Nathan Drake.
According to Deadline, the Uncharted film will be taking its inspiration from a sequence in the third video game in the series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Fortune, which introduced our treasure hunter as a young boy, meeting rogue Sullivan for the first time. And on board to play young Drake: Sony’s latest Spider-Man.
Sony is apparently so taken with actor Tom Holland that they’re giving him another high-profile franchise. Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman reportedly came up with the idea to reformulate the franchise after watching the latest cut of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Night at the Museum and Real Steel director Shawn Levy was attached in October 2016, back when the Uncharted movie was supposedly hitting the “fast track”. He’s staying at the helm. The plan now is to get a new screenwriter on board to craft the prequel’s plot. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End revealed a lot more about Drake’s past; perhaps plot elements from that game could be used. We’ll see.
It’s another big get for Holland, whose very first Spider-Man film arrives in Australia on July 6 and hits the US on July 7.