The ever-hectic production cycle for the Uncharted movie continues as Bumblebee and Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight is reported to be attached to the adaptation set to begin production next year.
Deadline reports Sony is in negotiations with Knight to direct Nathan Drake’s big screen debut, which will mark his second time directing a live-action film after Bumblebee, having primarily worked in stop-motion animation on films like Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and ParaNorman.
An Uncharted film has been in some nebulous degree of production over at Sony since at least 2008, one year after the original game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, launched on the PlayStation 3. Since then, several big names have been in talks to be part of the film in director, writer, and starring roles, including Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, and even Seth Rogen. Since then, the studio has set its sights on Spider-Man star Tom Holland to play Nathan Drake, with the movie focusing on the hero’s younger years, rather than being a direct adaptation of any one of Naughty Dog’s games. While no one has been confirmed to play Victor “Sully” Sullivan just yet, Geeks Worldwide reported that Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Pine, and Woody Harrelson were all on the shortlist to take on the role back in March.
At the moment, the Uncharted movie is set to debut in theaters on December 18th of next year, but given that this movie can’t seem to catch a break, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.
If the Uncharted movie is finally at a point where it will begin production in earnest, star Tom Holland will have a pretty busy next year or so, as it was announced Marvel and Sony finally came to an agreement to have Spider-Man continue his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In other Naughty Dog news, this week the studio dropped a ton of news on The Last of Us: Part II, including a release date and a new trailer finally showing Joel in all his glory.