Sony has appointed 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg as the new director of its long-troubled Uncharted movie, according to Variety.
This news follows the December departure of Stranger Things and Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy, who blamed scheduling conflicts for his sudden, unexpected exit.
After two years of working on the Uncharted adaptation, a project he explained in comparison to his other work as "most near [the] horizon," Levy has shifted focus to another video game-inspired flick, action-comedy Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds.
As for the Uncharted movie, that's now director number three for the project. Let's hope Sony and Trachtenberg can finally get the production ball rolling properly. Naughty Dog's brilliant series doesn't deserve this many bumps in its road to the big screen.
Levy has previously noted how Spider-Man actor Tom Holland will play the role Nathan Drake - it was supposed to be Mark Wahlberg once upon a time - and that he's managed to produce a "very good script".
But the latter was also teased in 2010 (yeah, that's how long this film has been in the works), when David O. Russell was signed on as director, suggesting Levy gave it a total revamp. Back then, Wahlberg said Russell is "one of the best writer/directors I've ever worked with," and that his idea for Uncharted was "just insane" [via Eurogamer].
Trachtenberg may possibly do the same as Levy: create a script that's totally his. But that means more delays, and Sony will presumably want production to start as soon as possible, especially if the script is already, really, that good.
Either way, the director has until Holland finishes his Spider-Man: Far From Home press tour this summer to make a few tweaks, if need be. Well, as long as Holland doesn't jump ship before production begins, like Wahlberg, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci before him (those two were down to play Drake's father and uncle, respectively).
If this was the case, Sony could always look to Nathan Fillion to play Drake - he starred in a brilliant fan-made Uncharted adaptation, after all. If you haven't watched it, we highly recommend it. We're not so worried about this being the *only* Uncharted live-action film worth your time, though, as Sony seems heavily invested in its movie project. So make sure you keep an eye out for more updates regarding its progress.
What do you think about this news? Is Trachtenberg the man for the job? What about Holland? Will this film ever get finished? Let us know.
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