Uncharted, Sony, Tom Holland, Dan Trachtenberg

Sony’s live-action Uncharted movie just added Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) to its list of ex-directors.

Sony is now on the hunt for the video game movie’s sixth director according to a Deadline report. Tom Holland is still sticking around to play the film’s star, Nathan Drake, and Sony is “moving quickly” to find someone new for the director role.

Trachtenberg’s departure is not the only news for the Uncharted movie, as the report also states that the film will be Sony PlayStation Productions’ first feature film. Last year Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan set up the studio, which will produce Uncharted along with Chuck Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad.

Director of The Fighter, David O. Russell, was first in line to direct the movie but dropped out in 2011. Next in line was Neil Burger (Limitless), then Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), followed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), and finally Trachtenberg.

Sony has been busy with Holland recently, as the studio may be taking his Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to create films that stand separately, but negotiations are still under way.

Uncharted is set to begin production in early 2020, we hope.

Michael Cripe
Michael was lucky enough to join Escapist mid-July of 2019. Though he thinks there's nothing better than a good Nintendo Direct, you'll always be able to catch him talking about all things video games. If you like what you've read here, go check out his work at OnlySP.

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    1. Tiny question: what would the point of taking the Uncharted franchise to the big screen be? The series itself already borrows enough from adventure serials that adapting it to a film would just turn it into an also-ran. Not that there is anything wrong with adventure movies, I’m sure it could be a fine movie; I just don’t see what’s so unique about Uncharted that would make it so captivating as a cinematic experience.

      1. Probable answer: Uncharted has name recognition and an MCU star so a big amount of advertising is already done, and because it has that recognition and fan appreciation there’s an assumed ready-made audience to tap for the movie. Given automatic pre-promotion and pre-establishment Uncharted is likely seen as a “Safe bet” to make if you were a person making decisions about what movies to make.

        In an additional positive paradox because it’s also a video game movie, particularly one aimed at people like yourself Bedinsis who are likely to ask the very same question you have, there are low expectations about the film’s quality going into so there’s no reason to break the bank because the low expectations means that they can get a pass by aiming just at “acceptable”. The double bluff of “Name recognition so good” and “Name recognition so bad” means if it is successful the people who greenlit it get a nice payday and if it isn’t successful the people who greenlit it have a ready made excuse for why it isn’t very good.

        Ultimately if the movie comes out it might make enough money to be worth it, but if it doesn’t it probably won’t lose enough money to be not worth it. The fact that it is an also-ran is a point in movie Uncharted’s favor.

    2. I would be minimally excited for this movie if it was starred by Nathan Fillion instead of Holland. Also, we don’t need an origin movie about Drake: he’s Indiana Jones. Done.

    3. Just. Let. It. DIE

    4. “Tom Holland is still sticking around to play the film’s star, Nathan Drake,”

      “Hey, let’s take that fresh-faced 20-something best known for playing a teenager and have him play this grisled old explorer in his mid to late 30s.”
      WTF kind of casting is that?

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