For Uncharted fans, tracking the progress of the film adaptation has been an ordeal. The film has been in various stages of development for years, seemingly pulling itself together only to fall apart again. Fortunately, it looks like this time everything might be ok. Mark Wahlberg has signed on to join Tom Holland in the movie.
With two movie stars now on board, it seems pretty likely that this film will indeed see the light of day soon enough. That was far from a guarantee when the project was cycling through directors over the last few years. Bumblebee director Travis Knight is now on board to helm the film. A good choice considering the new life he breathed into the Transformers franchise.
But he signed on after 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg left the project. Before him, Shawn Levy was attached but left to direct Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy. And before that, David O. Russell, Neil Burger and Seth Gordon were all involved in some capacity.
You wouldn’t blame Uncharted fans for tearing their hair out. Fortunately, things have fallen into place. A script by Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Rafe Judkins is good to go, and the film is being billed as the first true partnership between Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions.
In the film, Holland will play Nathan Drake, an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer who travels the world uncovering various historical artefacts. Wahlberg will play Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, an American treasure hunter, fortune seeker and businessman who serves as a friend, mentor and father figure to Drake.
Wahlberg was actually heavily rumoured for the Drake role when Russell was on board the project. It’s not a surprise to see him jump on board the film though, as he and Knight are already working together on The Six Billion Dollar Man at Warner Bros.
Wahlberg will next be seen in the Netflix crime drama, Wonderland. It’s his latest collaboration with director Peter Berg. He also has a role in the A24 drama Good Joe Bell, and is currently filming Antoine Fuqua‘s Infinite.
The Uncharted video game series began in 2007 and has since gone on to sell over 41 million copies worldwide. Sony will release the movie on Dec. 18, 2020 – barring any further hiccups, that is.