A week after the long-delayed Uncharted movie’s latest personnel shake up lost it a sixth director in its decade of development, Sony is reportedly already in talks with a seventh.
Deadline reports that Venom director Ruben Fleischer is next in line to take on the apparently cursed film. While your mileage may vary on Venom, Fleischer is also the director of Zombieland and its 2019 sequel Zombieland: Double Tap, which have been altogether better received critically. At the time of this writing Sony and PlayStation Productions have yet to officially announce Fleischer’s involvement and Deadline received no official comments from any of the parties involved.
If these talks pan out, Fleischer will be taking over after previous director Travis Knight had to leave the project last week. After lead actor Tom Holland’s shooting schedule for the next Spider-man movie set in the Marvel Cinematic universe shifted the movie’s production backward, the new time table conflicted with Knight’s other commitments, requiring him to step down as Uncharted’s director. The delay in shooting may have pushed the movie out of its originally slated December 2020 premiere, but Sony and PlayStation have yet to announce a new date or release window.
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The Uncharted movie, should it ever actually come out, won’t be a direct adaptation of any of the games by Naughty Dog and Sony Bend Studio. Instead, it will be a midquel starring Holland as a young Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as his mentor and father figure Victor “Sully” Sullivan. This most likely means it will take place shortly after the flashback sequences in 2011 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, where the two met, bonded over a mutual love of stealing valuable treasures from a museum, and Sully took Drake under his wing.
The film will be the first to be released under PlayStation Productions, a new division of Sony dedicated specifically to creating movie and TV adaptations of PlayStation IP. Other than Uncharted, the studio is at work on a series based on Twisted Metal, but there are even fewer details about that than the perpetually in development hell Uncharted.