Tom Holland better be ready to swing into a new role soon. Sony has scheduled his video game adaptation ‘Uncharted’ for release on December 18, 2020, just before Christmas.
Dan Trachtenberg (’10 Cloverfield Lane’) is directing ‘Uncharted’, based on a script by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker. The film is expected to kick off a franchise, based on the PlayStation game series. The film is a prequel to the games, as it is set during the younger days of lead character Nathan Drake (Holland).
For Drake’s mentor, Sully, Sony was reportedly eyeing Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Matthew McConaughey, and Woody Harrelson.
Sony has been struggling for years to get this picture made. Joe Carnahan previously submitted a script, which looks to have been thrown out. Seth Gordon (‘Horrible Bosses’) was attached to direct but walked away. His replacement, Shawn Levy also came and went. And those are just the most recent developments, as this film has been in development since 2008.
But by setting a release date, it looks as though Sony is confident in this version of the picture and believe it can make this release date. And should it begin filming this year, it could certainly happen.
The holiday season has become even more cutthroat than the summer lately, but this could work out well for this action movie, as it will be competing against ‘West Side Story’, the remake of the classic film and Broadway musical, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, with Ansel Elgort in the lead, which will skew older and more female. Also locked into this date is ‘Coming 2 America’, the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s classic 1988 comedy, ‘Coming to America’. Comedy hasn’t been that big a draw– look at ‘Holmes & Watson’ which crashed and burned last Christmas– but the original movie is such a beloved classic that audiences may be more excited for this one.
Can you believe that ‘Uncharted’ is finally getting made?