Director Shawn Levy has stepped away from the planned live-action Uncharted film to instead direct Free Guy, a movie where Ryan Reynolds plays a video game NPC that realizes he's living in a video game.
The planned Uncharted film is now searching for a new director as Hollywood Reporter learned that Levy stepped away to direct Free Guy, different, video game-adjacent project. Trading in one superhero actor for another, Levy is now directing the Ryan Reynolds film where the actor plays an NPC character in a dying MMO who one day gains self-awareness. Basically, "What if Deadpool was a video game character?"
This will be the second upcoming video game film for Reynolds who also voices Detective Pikachu in the a live-action movie of the same name. Detective Pikachu looks weird but cute and honestly I'm kind of excited for that one still.
Sony has been trying to get an Uncharted movie off the ground since 2011. Originally with Academy Award nominated director David O. Russell attached (with plans to have Mark Wahlberg star), the film pivoted to a new direction. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) was picked to direct a new take on Uncharted starring a much younger Nathan Drake played by Spider-Man star Tom Holland.
The Uncharted film appears to be sticking with the direction of having a younger Nathan Drake since Holland is still attached. Naughty Dog director Neil Druckmann went on record to say that the Uncharted developers are "not excited" by a direct adaptation, which is presumably part of the reasoning behind going with a younger star for an origin film. Though we did really like that Uncharted fan film starring Nathan Drake.
Either way it looks like the Uncharted film has been set back once again. Let's just hope the Uncharted project doesn't end up becoming a lost relic buried in the sands of time.