Uncharted, the movie based on a video game that plays like a movie, has lost its director. That returns the movie to its perpetual state of limbo, although Tom Holland is still going to star as Nathan Drake. While some might take the loss of a director as sign of a scandal or simply a bad script, the truth is more mundane. The director left to do another movie about video games, one that's actually going to enter production soon.
According to an article from The Hollywood Reporter, director Shawn Levy is leaving Uncharted to work on a movie called Free Guy. Levy is just one of many directors who have temporarily signed onto the project only to leave for another movie that's happening sooner. For those who aren't keeping track, the Uncharted movie has been in the works since 2009.
Tom Holland, best known as the current live-action Spider-Man, is still with the project as of now. He has been since last year, reliable young man that he is. For those who might say he's too young, keep in mind that Uncharted the movie is supposed to be a prequel to the games. Holland will be starring as a younger Drake, at least according to the latest reports on the script. Of course, with directors and screenwriters coming and going, who knows what the final product will look like.
Meanwhile, Levy is working with another superhero actor now, Deadpool's own Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds has the lead role in Free Guy, playing an NPC who realizes that he's in a video game. When the developers attempt to shut the game down, Reynolds' character must team up with a player to stop the destruction of his world. Jodie Comer of the BBC's Killing Eve will star as the player character, named Molotov Girl.
Free Guy is supposed to begin shooting in April. Uncharted, meanwhile, must go back to the drawing board. At this point, Sony should probably ask itself if anyone even wants this movie. Video game movies are always a risky venture. And Uncharted is already so cinematic that there doesn't seem to be anything missing that a movie would provide.
Oh well, at least it's better than movie Sonic's freaky thighs.