Usually when a relatively big director leaves a project that’s gone through numerous turnovers and several years in development hell, I find myself getting less and less excited at the prospect of eventually seeing that film. Oftentimes it has to do with the fact that the directors they bring on later tend to be less and less experience and therefore have less of a filmography for me to look at. This could very well have been the case for Uncharted. Luckily, it is not.
Uncharted, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the adventure video game, is back on track. It recently lost director Shawn Levy from the helm, and in my mind, that was when I wrote this off as one of those things that wouldn’t happen for at least another five years or so. Now, it looks like I may have been wrong.
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According to a new report from Variety, Sony has brought in Dan Trachtenberg to take the reins. Admittedly, his filmography is also pretty damn limited. I first came to know him with his work on the YouTube channel BlackBoxTV and that was right around the time he did the Portal fan film, which really took video game fans by storm (So there is a connection to video game adaptations, right?). However, with 10 Cloverfield Lane, he proved he was capable of doing more than just pulpy genre fare. That film turned out to be a smart, taut thriller that, in my mind, far outclassed its predecessor and really set the stage in terms of expectations going forward.
Uncharted stars Tom Holland will be a prequel to the Naughty Dog video game of the same name. Previously, directors Shawn Levy, Seth Gordon, David O. Russell, and Neil Burger were all attached to helm the project. Should this go through, it will mark Tractenberg’s first feature since 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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