The Uncharted movie may have found a new director in Dan Trachtenberg, best known for directing 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Over the past few years, the upcoming film adaptation of Uncharted has been mired in a series of tumultuous delays. Last month, we reported that director Shawn Levy had stepped down as director. Seth Gordon, director of The King of Kong, was also formerly attached to the project. According to Variety, director Dan Trachtenberg is set to take the helm of the upcoming film adaptation of Uncharted. Repped by ICM Partners and Grandview, Trachtenberg is known for his work with 10 Cloverfield Lane back in 2016. The film was a spin-off to the sci-fi thriller, Cloverfield and cashed in at $110 million globally—even with a budget of below $20 million. Since then, Trachtenberg has worked on Space Race and Portal. Critics lauded his recent work with Black Mirror episode, “Playtest”, featuring Wyatt Russell. Most recently, Trachtenberg has directed the pilot for The Boys which is slated to premiere later this year on Amazon.
The upcoming video game to silver screen adaptation will center on the earlier stages of the Uncharted adventure series. Young British actor Tom Holland is set to star as the lead protagonist, Nathan Drake. Holland has seen a surge in popularity for his work as everyone’s favorite web-slinger, Spider-Man. Last year was a banner year for Holland, who starred in Avengers: Infinity War. 2018 was also a monumental success for Spider-Man in the realm of games and movies, with the recent Spider-Man videogame selling over nine million copies on PlayStation 4, and the widespread success of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
Although Sony had initially tracked Mark Wahlberg for the upcoming film, the studio turned to Holland, envisioning a younger Nathan Drake for this film. Fans of the gaming series have speculated that the film may follow Drake’s early adventures, specifically with the third title in the series, Drake’s Deception. The movie is likely to center on Drake’s formative years, and how he will link up with his partner-in-crime, Victor “Sully” Sullivan.
In conjunction with Arad and Atlas Entertainment Production, the film is set to be produced by Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, and Ari and Avi Arad. Writers Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker are also on board. Although the exact production date is to be determined, fans hope to hear more details announced by the end of the year. Sony also needs to take into account Tom Holland’s promotional tour for Spider-Man: Far From Home in late spring, early summer.
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