Bumblebee Director Signs on to Direct the Uncharted Movie

Bumblebee Director Signs on to Direct the Uncharted Movie

Here comes director number six.

The movie adaptation of Uncharted has gone through more directors than there are numbered Uncharted games, but perhaps number six will stick around. Travis Knight, director of Bumblebee and Kubo and the Two Strings has signed on to direct the film. Tom Holland is still attached to star as Nathan Drake, and production is supposed to begin early next year.

Deadline's new report indicates that apart from picking up Knight, the Uncharted movie is continuing on the same path it was last month when 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachenberg left the project. Sony selected Holland as Drake in 2017 after his successful debut as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. The story will follow Nathan Drake sometime between his teenage years and the events of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. The script, by writing duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) and Rafe Judkins (Chuck, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), is the same that Trachtenberg was set to direct.

The Uncharted film has been in development since 2009, and is set to be the first live action feature from Sony's PlayStation Productions film and TV studio, established earlier this year. The Uncharted film will also mark Knight's second live-action feature after 2018's Bumblebee, which received the most positive critical response of any of the live action Transformers films released thus far.

For those keeping track at home, the other four directors who've left the Uncharted film are David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy. Before Trachtenberg exited the project, box office analysts Exhibitor Relations Co. said Sony was targeting a December 2020 release for the Uncharted film.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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