Sony’s adaptation of Uncharted will need to search out a new director.
Deadline reports that Dan Trachtenberg, previously scheduled to direct the film, has walked away from the production just as Sony’s PlayStation Productions signed on as a producer. Apparently, meetings with replacements are already happening as production is set to begin in the short-term with a December 18th, 2020 release date previously announced. Tom Holland is set to star as Nathan Drake, the legendary treasure hunter and ne’er-do-well from the beloved 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. The script will see Nathan Drake in his younger days as he grows into the famed treasure seeker.
An “Uncharted Begins,” if you will.
The project 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 in 2018. Hopefully, the next filmmaker to board the project will see it to the end.
Uncharted is scheduled to open on December 18th 2020.
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