What a long and convoluted journey to film Uncharted has had. Like many video game movies in the mix, Uncharted seems to be in a constant state of start-and-go when it comes to their movies. One minute we hear cast, script, and directing news regarding a long-awaited film, only for it to disappear from radar of the course of the next few years. Uncharted has long since fallen victim to that trend. When last we heard, Real Steel and Stranger Things director Shawn Levy was on board to helm the video game adaptation, but as expected, things seem to have gone radio silent.
However, this latest news may be exactly what this film needs to get its production into high gear. According to Deadline, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland has signed on to play a young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted film. That’s right. Rather than go the more traditional, experienced Nathan Drake for this adaptation, they are taking inspiration from a sequence in the third video game in the franchise, which showed a young Drake. The outlet continued, stating that this change in story and strategy came about when Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman saw the latest cut of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This certainly seems to bode well for those looking forward to seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming (Rothman must’ve really loved what Holland brought to the role of Peter Parker), and it only bolsters excitement to those already engrossed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This does raise questions about the potential future of the franchise. Will we be following several films as Drake grows up, or will they have the confidence to jump forward in time to a more seasoned Drake? Our guts say no. Given the growing star power of Holland, there’s likely no indication that they have any intentions of recasting Holland with an older actor down the line.
But is this the right approach to the franchise? We're uncertain. On one hand, years have already been spent on trying to make something we can assume is more in line with the video game, so perhaps this is exactly the shot of adrenaline the production needs to get going. On the other hand, we can’t help but think it raises a red flag. In years past, studios have made the mistake of adapting away from the source material too much. Rothman being so willing to make a project around a start feels a bit backwards and odd, so we can’t help but get into this with some reservations. Will they take the time to make sure the story is faithful and good? that remains to be seen.
What do you think of this new approach to Uncharted? Are you okay with Tom Holland taking the lead? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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