Uncharted Film Focuses On a Young Nathan Drake, Played By Tom Holland

Uncharted Film Focuses On a Young Nathan Drake, Played By Tom Holland

Years later, the Uncharted film finally finds a direction and a lead actor.

It looks like Sony Pictures' Uncharted film might actually get made this time. Deadline is reporting that the studio is feeling really good about Spider-Man: Homecoming lead Tom Holland. Good enough that they're rebuilding Uncharted around the young actor. Instead of an adaptation of the Uncharted games, the film will now be a prequel, detailing the adventures of a younger Nathan Drake (and Victor Sullivan) before the beginning of the first game.

Night At the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy is signed on to helm the film. Of course, Sony now needs a new screenwriter to draft the screenplay, as previous attempts focused on an older Drake, more in line with the games.

Sony Pictures has tried to get this film made for years at this point. The first real mention of the film comes back in 2009, when Columbia Pictures signed Sahara writers Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly to script the film. Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director and writer David O. Russell joined the project in 2010, looking to add "a family dynamic" to the picture. At the time, Mark Wahlberg was set to be Drake, with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in undefined roles.

Limitless writer/director Neil Burger took over the project in 2011, looking to go back to the source material. He was gone a year later. Horrible Bosses and Baywatch director Seth Gordon picked up the reins in 2014, but left a year later over creative differences. This brings us to last year, with Smokin' Aces and A-Team director Joe Carnahan writing a new screenplay and Shawn Levy signing on to direct.

Maybe this time Sony will stick the landing?

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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