The long-gestating Uncharted film has finally made some movement again, receiving a release date from Sony.
According to Deadline, the film will be released on June 10, 2016, a date formerly held by The Amazing Spider-Man 3. However, with Sony’s rebooted franchise being on shaky ground, the third movie in the Spidey series has been pushed back to 2018. This marks the second time today another movie has claimed a former ‘Amazing Spider-Man” release date.
The planned Uncharted film has had a long history, coming closest to being made in 2010, with David O. Russell directing Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake. Russell later dropped out amidst the criticism directed at his wild changes to the story, and Wahlberg’s casting. ‘Limitless’ and ‘Divergent’ director Neil Burger stepped in as director, and seemed rather excited at the prospect, only to drop out shortly after. Sony then hired ‘Horrible Bosses’ and ‘Identity Thief’ director Seth Gordon to take the reigns of the video game adaptation.
One element of the past attempts at an Uncharted movie that could possibly stay however, is Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg was cast in David O. Russell’s mangling of Uncharted, but later dropped out when Russell did. Deadline reports that Sony wants Wahlberg back, but go on to say that studio and Wahlberg’s reps say nothing is happening in regards to his casting.
In regards to the movies script, it seems that writers of the ‘National Treasure’ series, Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, are no longer planned to script the film, as Deadline also reports that ‘Safe House’ writer David Guggenheim is penning the latest draft of the script.
While Nathan Drake’s road to the silver screen has been as complex as his journey’s to find lost cities and precious relics, let’s hope Sony Pictures will no longer have as hard as a time moving forward with their film adaptation.