The saga of the Uncharted movie continues. The film adaptation of the popular video game series has had nothing but trouble ever since Sony gave it the green light. Just as things were looking good, it’s hit another snag. Although admittedly, this one isn’t quite as bad as prior issues.
The movie has been delayed once again, thought not substantially. Originally intended for a December 2020 release, the film has now been pushed back to March 5, 2021. That doesn’t sound terrible on paper, but the new date puts it in direct competition with The Matrix 4, which is a probable juggernaut no film wants to compete against.
The issues with Uncharted are well documented at this point. The film has cycled through a whole host of directors. David O. Russell, Neil Burger and Seth Gordon were all involved in some capacity early in its development, though none of them stuck around long enough to put an indelible mark on the project. Then Shawn Levy became attached, before leaving to direct Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming comedy, Free Guy.
10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg was brought on board, but he left the project for unspecified reasons not long after. Following him was Bumblebee director Travis Knight, who was hired back in late September, but he left a few months later citing scheduling reasons.
Now, Venom and Zombieland Ruben Fleischer is on board, though there are probably people taking bets on how long he’ll last.
The film has potential. It will star Tom Holland as treasure hunter Nathan Drake in a story revolving around his younger days becoming the globe-trotting adventurer. Mark Wahlberg is also attached. It has often been compared to Indiana Jones, and has the opportunity to be a similar franchise for a new generation. That is, if it ever actually gets to multiplexes.
Sony must be eager to get this moving, as they want to fit it into Holland’s busy schedule. They’ve obviously got a lot invested in the actor, and Uncharted is – at least at the moment – scheduled to begin filming after Holland completes filming on the next Spider-Man movie, which begins production this summer.
Considering that tight timeline, it’s no surprise to see the movie pushed back. That move has also led to another casualty – Sony has pulled Masters Of The Universe from its schedule. The film originally had the release date Uncharted has now. The film has no director or script, so it hardly exists at this point. Rumours persist that it may be offloaded to a streaming service.
Will this be the last major news of Uncharted drama? We’ll see.