For years, fans of video game Uncharted have been teased by reports of a film version, and now it looks like gaming’s foremost explorer will finally make it to the big screen.
It’s no secret that game-to-screen adaptations are a little hit or miss (the less said about Assassin’s Creed, the better).
However, since the Uncharted games offer highly cinematic gameplay and have enjoyed unprecedented success within the gaming world, there are high hopes it could break this trend. Particularly when you get a load of who’s joined the project.
So now we know a global adventure with Nathan Drake leading the way is on the horizon, here’s what to expect when the film finally drops in theatres.
Sic Parvis Magna, people, it’s nearly time…
Uncharted release date: When’s it out?
Talks of an Uncharted film at Sony started all the way back in 2008, not long after the series began and enjoyed worldwide success as an action-adventure game for PlayStation 3. But since then the film has been stuck in development limbo, with five directors attached to the project as well as a rotating door of cast members joining and leaving over the years.
As far back as 2014, we were told a release date was “set in stone” for 2016, and that obviously didn’t happen. Safe to say fans have been left well and truly hanging.
This all changed, however, when a tweet from the studio confirmed the anticipated movie of the hit franchise is set to be released on December 18, 2020 – for reals this time. This means the movie will be going up against Steven Spielberg’s big-budget West Side Story remake, which Fox is launching on the same day.
Unchartered cast: Who’s in it?
Just like the release date, it’s only now that we’re starting to see a solid acting team take shape (one that hopefully won’t change in the months to come).
Both Chris Pratt and Mark Wahlberg were previously reported as potential Drakes, although both dropped out. And as much as the fandom were campaigning for Nathan Fillion to take on the leading role (the geek king was born to play an adventurer), it looks like Sony has found its Drake in Tom Holland, best known as the MCU’s Spider-Man.
He’s not the only Marvel mainstay attached to the project, as Chris Hemsworth is rumoured to be first in line to play Drake’s ally and friend, Victor “Sully” Sullivan.
Rumours continue to circulate that Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston will join the cast too, although his role (if any) remains a mystery. The guy shines in everything he stars in, so no doubt he’d be a welcome addition to the team.
Behind the camera, and it looks like the film will be directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, making him the fifth filmmaker to pick up the slack. David O Russell was originally attached as writer and director, followed by Seth Gordon, Neil Burger and Shawn Levy.
The writers working on the latest draft of the script are Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker, who are said to be making major changes to Joe Carnahan’s previous “R-rated” screenplay. It finally looks like it’s all coming together – although, as we’ve learned over the past 11 years, this could all change tomorrow.
Unchartered plot: What’s it all about?
As it stands, plot details are scarce. But what we do know is that the story is now a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and befriend Sully.
If the movie is anything like the games, you can expect lots of high-octane action sequences, dramatic fight scenes and a plot that shows us how Drake came to be the Lara Croft-style adventurer and treasure hunter we know him as today.
There’s plenty of content from the Naughty Dog canon to play with, from Drake’s Fortune and Among Thieves to the more recent Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy.
We can only hope the film will stay true to the source material while offering a fresh spin on the franchise, and follows the trend of other much-loved franchises stuck in development hell, only to eventually pull it back for the fans (a la Deadpool).
More importantly, we’ve got those fingers and toes crossed for the film to break the video game-to-blockbuster curse. Holland and Hemsworth’s on-screen chemistry will surely help.
Unchartered trailer: When can we see it?
No news on a trailer as of yet, but if the December release date is to be believed, then we can expect to see one in around summer of that year. Until then, all we can do is sit tight.
And if you’re wondering what Hemsworth and Holland might look like as Sully and Drake, take a glance at this fan-made poster which shows how the MCU duo could look like in the film, featuring Drake’s Latin motto “Sic Parvis Magna” (meaning “So small and big” or “Thus from the small, the great”, and taken from Sir Francis Drake’s coat of arms).
All aboard the hype train!