The ‘Uncharted’ movie is headed into territory which is sadly quite charted. It has lost another director, as Dan Trachtenberg has exited the project. (It’s been kind of a crappy week for news about Tom Holland movies, huh?) Trachtenberg was the fifth director that had been attached to this project, following Shawn Levy (‘Stranger Things’), Seth Gordon (‘Baywatch’), Neil Burger (‘The Upside’), and David O. Russell (‘Joy’). Sony has stated that a replacement should be announced before the end of summer.
Trachtenberg had just been announced as taking on this project in January. Sony did not give a reason for his departure. Most recently, Trachtenberg directed the pilot for Amazon’s ‘The Boys’.
‘Uncharted’ already has a release date of December 18, 2020, and Sony expects to have it in production early next year. Sony is co-producing this film with Playstation Productions. Playstation, of course, produces the video games upon which this movie is based. To date, the games have sold over 41 million units.
Tom Holland remains attached to star. No other cast members have been announced. Prior to Holland signing on, Nathan Fillion lobbied for the lead role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, but was dismissed by Russell during his time at the helm. Mark Wahlberg was attached to star, but fans voiced displeasure, hoping to see Fillion play Drake. After he left the project, reportedly Chris Pratt was offered the part, but declined.
The most recent draft of the screenplay was penned by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker. Before that, Russell, Joe Carnahan, Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer, Marianne & Cormac Wibberley, David Guggenheim, Mark Boal, and Rafe Judkins all took a swipe at the screenplay. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan divulged that Sony had asked them multiple times to write the film, but that they declined.
Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, and Ari and Avi Ara are attached to produce.
It remains to be seen if Sony moves ‘Uncharted’, but for now, it is scheduled to open on December 18, 2020.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter