The Uncharted film has been cycling through directors over the last few years as it seeks to be the latest video game adaptation to take a shot at conquering the silver screen. Has the project found its final director? Travis Knight (Bumblebee) has signed on to helm the adventure adaptation.
He takes over from 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg left the project last month. Shawn Levy was previously attached but left to direct Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy. Before that, David O. Russell, Neil Burger and Seth Gordon were all involved in some capacity. This is what you call development hell.
The film though, has the potential to be one of the first big hits based on a video game. Tom Holland stars as treasure hunter Nathan Drake with a story revolving around his younger days becoming the globe-trotting adventurer. Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Rafe Judkins have penned the script. The game has consistently been compared to Indiana Jones.
Knight worked in animation for years before making the jump to live-action with last year’s Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee. It became the best reviewed film of that series. Out of all the directors that have been attached to Uncharted, Knight is probably the best fit. Let’s hope this hire sticks.
Production is expected to kick off next year if Knight doesn’t bolt like his predecessors. However, he’s also linked to another project – The Six Billion Dollar Man, which has Mark Wahlberg attached to star. Sony will be crossing their fingers Knight sticks around, but don’t be surprised if there’s an article here in two months about Knight choosing to direct The Six Billion Dollar Man instead.