Sony is the latest studio ready to challenge the assumptions about video game adaptations.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has set its adaptation of Uncharted for release on December 18th, 2020. The film will star Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, the legendary treasure hunter and ne’er-do-well from the beloved PlayStation video game franchise. Debuting in 2007’s Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, the series explored the character and followed his adventure for four main-sequence titles even as the franchise grew with other protagonists.
An Uncharted game has been in the works since 2008, with Nathan Fillion once campaigning to play Drake in the project. In 2010, David O. Russell was set to write and direct the film with Mark Wahlberg as his Nathan Drake, but this never materialized. The Illusionist‘s Neil Burger replaced Russell, but was himself replaced by Seth Gordon a few years later. Shawn Levy picked up the mantle in 2016, casting Holland in the role before departing late last year. 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s Dan Trachtenberg will direct the film from a script by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker; the latest in a very long line of writers tasked with adapting Uncharted for film.
Which, of course, leads us to wonder if the film will break the video game adaptation curse. Though Detective Pokemon proved a delight for most fans, it didn’t exactly perform to the studio’s outsized expectations. Prior to that film, video game adaptations tended to be epic failures critically and financially. At best, you got something like Tomb Raider, a competent but somehow modest film. At worst, you got the horror Paramount unleashed with the trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog or the box office bombs of Uwe Boll. Despite strong stories in the games, studios still seem unwilling to treat the material with the reverence comic books seem to receive these days.
But perhaps Uncharted will break that trend and offer a genuine video game adaptation hit.
Uncharted opens on December 18th 2020.