Hollywood has not been kind to video game movies over the years. Granted, the movies themselves have not done much to help audiences enjoy what the adaptations look like. This year has already shown ambitious, giant movies such as Warcraft must be done exceptionally well in order for audiences to accept what is shown on screen. While that did not kick off the video game adaptation age in Hollywood, 2016 still has the chance to pull it off with Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed movie. Ubisoft has big plans for the potential franchise should the first do well, but it will have a bigger impact if that is the case.
There are plenty of studios waiting to make their attempt at video game adaptations with The Division starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander, Rampage starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and a Pokemon movie all in the works. Another adaptation that Sony has been looking to produce is Uncharted, but the movie has taken a step backward.
Sony has pulled the June 30, 2017 release date for Uncharted from their upcoming release calendar according to ComingSoon. This leaves the movie without a release date, director, or star at the moment. The last update for the movie was Joe Carnahan revealing he is currently writing the script, but will not direct. With the mid-2017 release date now gone, fans may have to wait until at least 2018 for a potential Uncharted movie to hit theaters.
While it is concerning that the movie adaptation of a current and popular video game franchises continues to be pushed back, it is better for Sony to take their time with the property rather than rush it into theaters and pile onto the load of bad video game movies. They have already targeted stars like Mark Wahlberg, Chris Pratt, or Nathan Fillion for the lead role of Nathan Drake, but will have to continue to look elsewhere to find their lead.
In order for video game movie adaptations to succeed, big and recognizable stars will certainly help bring people to the theater. Assassin’s Creed has the shot to be the launching point for the next trend in Hollywood, but it will take more than just one movie to make audiences believe they should rush out for big screen video game adaptations. If Assassin’s Creed is a success, the next two or three films will be just as important. Uncharted might not be a part of that current slate, but it should be at some point in time.
Uncharted is currently without a release date, but stay tuned for updates.