Sony's Uncharted Movie Finds Its Third, And Hopefully, Final Director
I absolutely love all four games in Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise, and nobody wants to see the proposed live-action adaptation starring Tom Holland succeed more than me, but I'm starting to think the entire project might genuinely be cursed. The most recent iteration of the Uncharted movie has just signed up its third director, which means the project has had three directors in as many years.
Deadline reports that Travis Knight is the latest, presumably doomed, fool to sit in the director's chair. Knight's most recent directorial effort was 2018's well-received Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, but he also helmed 2016's utterly delightful animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings, so I'm very much on board with this one. At the same time, I'm not getting too attached, given the rate with which Uncharted seems to be tearing through directors.
Knight joins the project following the departure of previous director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), who was signed up last year following the departure of Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum). I have absolutely no idea what's going on at Sony to have caused two directors to walk already, but my suspicion is that the company has a pretty clear vision of what it wants from an Uncharted movie that was at odds with the last two directors.
My theory is that there's some kind of push to establish a cinematic universe with Tom Holland's Nathan Drake at the center, but that's pure speculation on my part. Everybody wants a slice of that Disney/Marvel pie, after all. Here's hoping Knight is on board with whatever it is Sony wants.
We still don't quite know what exactly the Uncharted movie will be about, but we do know that it'll be an original story in which Holland plays a younger version of the roguish treasure hunter Nathan Drake - famously played to perfection in the original Naughty Dog games by actor Nolan North.
The Uncharted movie has lingered in some form of development since 2009, and is finally slated to go into production in 2020. It'll also be the first live-action feature from Sony's PlayStation Productions film and TV studio, which was announced earlier in 2019.
Knight might have only directed two feature films so far, but both are genuinely good family-friendly flicks packed with adventure and emotion (particularly Kubo), so I'm hopeful he'll do a good job with Uncharted. My only real concern at this stage is whether or not Holland will still be able to pass for a younger version of the main character by the time they finally start filming. I guess we'll see.
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