Sony’s long, long, long-gestating adaptation of hit video game Uncharted has a new director at the helm.
Leaving the director’s chair due to scheduling conflicts is Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Stranger Things), who came aboard the project in October of 2016. Taking the helm now is Dan Trachtenberg, who had a hit with his J.J. Abrams-produced feature debut, 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Variety broke the news, reporting that Sony has been keen to work with Tratchenberg since his surprise Cloverfield film proved to be a critical and financial success, raking in $US110 million worldwide from a budget of $US20 million.
The Uncharted movie will star MCU actor Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake, the fortunate-hunting adventurer protagonist from Naughty Dog’s hugely successful video game franchise. The plot will chronicle Drake’s first encounter with Sullivan, the professional rogue that he will go on to work with years later.
The screenplay has gone through many hands over the project’s lengthy development. As of now, the most recent draft of the script comes from Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.
This project has been circling potential starts for years now, but it could be going ahead soon. While there’s still no official production start date, Sony is reportedly looking at Holland’s schedule this year, which includes a big press tour for Spider-Man: Far From Home, with an eye for a hopeful start sometime in 2019. Stay tuned.