The Uncharted movie has, once again, lost it’s director, making Dan Trachtenberg the fifth director to join and then leave the project. Sources say Sony are searching for a new director and a his replacement should be installed by the end of this summer. Tom Holland, who probably could do some good news around now, is still attached to star as the young Nathan Drake.
It has also been revealed the project will now fall under the PlayStation Productions umbrella which was set up earlier this year to handle movies and TV shows based on characters found in PlayStation games.
“We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories,” SIE chairman of Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden said at the time. “We feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming or film or television to give our worlds life in another spectrum.”
“Instead of licensing our IP out to studios, we felt the better approach was for us to develop and produce for ourselves,” added Asad Qizilbash, Vice President of Marketing, PlayStation Exclusive Games & World Wide Studios IP Expansion. “One, because we’re more familiar, but also because we know what the PlayStation community loves.”
“You can see just by watching older video game adaptations that the screenwriter or director didn’t understand that world or the gaming thing,” continued Sean. “The real challenge is, how do you take 80 hours of gameplay and make it into a movie? The answer is, you don’t. What you do is you take that ethos you write from there specifically for the film audience. You don’t try to retell the game in a movie.”
The script for the Uncharted movie has been written by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker and will be set in Drake’s early years, a time that has not been explored by the games which allows the movie to go in any direction they want without spoiling the much loved PlayStation exclusives. It is currently scheduled for release in December 2020 which means they really need to get a shift on and start filming if they are to meet that date.
PlayStation Productions have also confirmed that a television show based on Twisted Metal is in production.