Dan Trachtenberg, director of “10 Cloverfield Lane”, in charge of the “Uncharted” video game movie adaptation

Dan Trachtenberg, director of "10 Cloverfield Lane", in charge of the "Uncharted" video game movie adaptation

Uncharted is an action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game series developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 3 consoles. Its first release, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007) hit the shops on November 19, 2007. The game had 4 sequels, being  Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (2017) the last one to have seen the light. The series follows protagonist Nathan “Nate” Drake, a charismatic yet obsessive treasure hunter who journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries. All the games of the series had quite a good reception and both the audience and critics have compared them to other series of successful games as Hollywood-like film productions like the Indiana Jones saga and Tomb Raider.

Since 2010, the rumors and project drafts of a movie adaptation of the videogame have been floating around the media. Several companies have disputed the exploitation rights, with a good collection of screenwriters having worked on a script. Directors like David O. Russell, Evan Goldberg and Shawn Levy, and stars like Nathan Fillion, Mark Wahlberg, Seth Rogen or Chris Pratt have been at some points attached to the project. Now, it seems a cast and crew is officially being put together, with a solid script, main star signed and a director to be in charge of the project.

Dan Trachtenberg, responsible of the fantastic 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and episodes of the TV series BlackBoxTV (2010– ), Black Mirror (2011– ) and The Boys (2019– ), has been chosen to direct the movie adaptation for Uncharted. The script has been written by Joe Carnahan, also the author for the screenplays for other successful action and adventure flicks like Narc (2002), Smokin’ Aces (2006) and its sequel, The A-Team (2010) and The Grey (2011). He has been working on the script since 2016 and has completed it together with Rafe Judkins (one of the producers and writers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013– )).

Although it might look like a surprise, Tom Holland (the current Spider-Man in the Marvel movies) has been the chosen one to play Nathan Drake. Surprising because in the video games the character is a man in his 40s, so this points to this movie adaptation to be some sort of prequel to the actual games. Bryan Cranston, of Breaking Bad (2008–2013) fame, is rumored to be attached to acting in the production as well.

Produced by Ari Arad of Avi Arad Productions, Atlas Entertainment and Sony Entertainment, the movie is still in its early steps of pre-production.

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