This is not a drill, twelve years after pre-production started, the Uncharted movie is finally a thing! Tom Holland, who will star as a young Nathan Drake, tweeted a picture of his chair on the first day of the movie.
This is the second time this year the Uncharted movie has defied expectations, The last time we talked about the movie, March 2020, it had been delayed until late 2021 because of the ever present coronavirus. Since then Sony have had a bit of a rethink and the movie is now coming out in July 2021. As it’s day one of production now, mid July 2020, that gives them just twelve months to film, edit, and post-produce the movie and that seems very ambitious considering the current restrictions.
The Uncharted movie is set to film in Berlin with Tom Holland playing a younger version of the Nate. Mark Wahlberg is stepping into the shoes of Victor Sullivan with Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” actor Tati Gabrielle also joining the cast. According to Tom, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will act as the main inspiration for the younger Nathan Drake though the film will be its own contained story.
The film has been in development hell since 2008 when film producer Avi Arad and Columbia were making the film with David O. Russell directing. Mark Whalberg was to star as Nathan Drake with Robert De Niro as Nathan’s uncle. Russel dropped out and was replaced by Neil Burger in 2011 and a new script was commisioned. Augist 2012 saw Berger leave thr project and yet another re-write of the script, and in 2014 Seth Gordon became the director.
2015 saw Seth Gordon leave the project due to “creative differences” and 2016 saw yet another new script and Shawn Levy in the director’s chair. The script was finished in 2017 and Tom Holland was signed up to star as a young Nathan Drake, but then Rafe Judkins was brought in to rework the script. Again.
The end of 2018 saw Shawn Levy leave the project and 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg become the director and you can guess what happened, he left and was replaced by Travis Knight in September 2019, who then left the project and was replaced by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.