Uncharted Movie Pushed Back, Masters of the Universe Undated
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures has changed the released date for the long-in developing film adaptation of Uncharted, based on the popular action-adventure video game of the same name. Originally set to debut later this year on December 18, 2020, the Tom Holland-led film will now hit theaters on March 5, 2021. The slot was previously occupied by the Noah Centineo-led Masters of the Universe remake which has now been undated.
There are still no clear competitions for the Uncharted film but the new March 5, 2021 release date will see the film go up against an untitled project from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Uncharted will be a prequel to the game series, taking its basis from the sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception wherein the young thief Nathan Drake (Holland) first encounters his partner Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) and in essence, sets up the events of the entire game franchise.
Despite previous drafts by the likes of Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Oscar nominee David O. Russell, Doctor Strange‘s Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, Safe House‘s David Guggenheim, and Joe Carnahan, the new draft of the screenplay is written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.
Based on the action-adventure video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive, the story follows a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. The search becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray, then is escalated when creatures — actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis — begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure’s true secrets.
Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad producing. The film will serve as the first feature produced by PlayStation Productions.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Zombieland and Venom director Ruben Fleischer might be the one to replace Travis Knight (Bumblebee) as the new director for the Uncharted film. Knight became the sixth director to leave the project in its decade-long development cycle which began with Russell attached to direct followed by Neil Burger (Limitless), Seth Gordon (Baywatch), Shawn Levy (Free Guy) and Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane).