Here we go, folks. We’re in the pivotal last couple months until Assassin’s Creed hits theaters. By all accounts, that should be the film to hit it big at the box office and put an end to the decades-long curse that has plagued video game movies. When this happens, no studio wants to be caught with their pants down, and will want to be as far along in development of their own respective properties so that they may capitalize on this success.
As such, it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures decided now, of all times, was the right time to hire director Shawn Levy to helm the Uncharted film, which is based on the video game franchise of the same name.
For some time, it was assumed that The Grey director Joe Carnahan would direct the film, since he was the one brought on board to write the screenplay. But it wasn’t meant to be, and Carnahan has since moved on to succeed Michael Bay in the Bad Boys II sequel, Bad Boys For Life.
Back in August, Carnahan said the following to Variety:
“In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script. Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. Especially when you go to a museum today and wonder how a piece got there to begin with. Plus, the property itself is so popular that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to work on it.”
It was sad to see Carnahan shut down any rumors of him directing, but having him write the script still meant the film was happening. About a week later, Sony went so far as to remove the film from their release calendar. It was originally set for June 30, 2017, and it seemed like the film was in real trouble.
Fast forward to today, and it looks like this production has gained new life under Levy, who, in addition to directing such films as Real Steel, and Night at the Museum, but he also executive produced and directed two episodes of the acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Things.
Regardless of your thoughts on Levy’s filmography, it’s hard to argue with Sony’s move of putting Uncharted back on the table. This is a video game that seems tailor-made for a film adaptation, and as such, it will be the perfect film to follow up Assassin’s Creed, should that movie become a huge success.
I’d definitely keep an eye on this one, and if we don’t hear anything over the next few weeks, you’ll definitely hear something in the weeks following Assassin’s Creed’s December release.
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