We may finally be getting that Uncharted movie, if all goes according to plan. Sony Pictures has locked down a new 2020 release date for the long-in-development video game adaptation. In its current iteration, the idea is to have Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home star Tom Holland play a younger version of the video game series' protagonist, Nathan Drake. If this movie finally happens, Holland will get his chance to give his best Indiana Jones homage very soon.
Sony has set Uncharted for release on December 18, 2020. That makes it the studio's big Christmas release next year, which is a pretty big show of confidence. An even bigger show of confidence? The video game movie will be going up directly against Steven Spielberg's big-budget remake of West Side Story. While it would seem that both of those titles may be going for different audiences, they're both going to need a whole lot of box office dollars in order to be successful. It's a bit early, but if this sticks, we could be looking at one of the most interesting box office showdowns of 2020.
Uncharted has been in development as a movie for the better part of a decade. The video game series, very basically, sees Nathan Drake and his trusty pal Sully looking for various valuable artifacts around the world. So yes, there have been many comparisons to Indiana Jones over the years. Various filmmakers have been attached to the project at various times, with David O. Russell (The Fighter) becoming attached back in 2010. Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) left the project back in December 2018. Not long after, it was announced that Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) would be sitting in the director's chair.
While we can't say for certain this release date will stick, there is some reason to think Sony is finally serious about making this happen. Last month, it was revealed that they launched a new studio division called PlayStation Productions. The studio's sole purpose is to develop their massive catalog of video game titles into movies and TV shows. Its current development slate hasn't been revealed, though this is something that would be a no-brainer, given how long it's been in the works behind the scenes. The current draft of the screenplay was penned by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.
For years, many wanted to see Nathan Fillion in the lead role. Mark Wahlberg was actually cast and remained attached for a number of years as one director after the next came in went. He eventually left the project. In March 2017, the studio decided to lock down Tom Holland for the role shortly after his debut as our new Spider-Man. The idea is to center it on a younger version of Nathan Drake with the idea being that Holland could lead the franchise for years to come, assuming the first one goes well. But that could be a big if, given how Hollywood has yet to truly crack the code on video game movies. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available by Sony.