Sony Pictures has been trying to get an Uncharted film, based off the bestselling video game about rougish treasure hunter Nathan Drake, off the ground for awhile now but they haven’t seemed to be able to crack the code. A slew of writers were involved with drafting the script at different points, including Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian, Sahara), David Guggenheim (Designated Survivor, Safe House) Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle, The International), Neil Burger (Divergent, Limitless), Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) and Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker). Likewise, David O. Russell (American Hustle, The Fighter) and Seth Gordon (Baywatch, Horrible Bosses) were previously attached to direct, but both ended up dropping out. Mark Wahlberg was cast as Nathan Drake under Russell, reuniting the two after their work together on The Fighter, but he too ended up dropping out as well.
Monday, Deadline reported that the film was now being directed by Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Real Steel) from a script by Joe Carnahan ( The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces). But, more importantly, they revealed that Spider-Man actor Tom Holland had been cast as Nathan Drake, making this film a prequel to the video games. The change is said to be inspired by the opening cinematic of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The report also reveals that the “reformulation” of the film was due to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, who got the idea following a screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
I absolutely loved Levy’s work on Stranger Things and Carnahan’s films are all amazing, possessing heavy drama, lighthearted humor and zany action with unique and engrossing characters so I’m interested to see what he does with this franchise. Another interesting thing would be to see Sony have Holland return as Drake for successive sequels, growing into the role until they catch up to the games. Marvel apparently has similar plans for him and their Spidey films, which is what Warner Bros. did with the cast of the Harry Potter films. Something like that hasn’t been done a whole lot in Hollywood, so it would definitely give this franchise a unique edge over the competition.