Today is the day of preparation for the 2014 International Comic-Con in San Diego, where many a studio will be dropping announcements and/or trailers for upcoming tentpoles. Hence, a couple of major Hollywood studios are using today to reveal official release dates for franchise installments that won’t arrive until two to three years now – and thus, won’t be presented at the 2014 ‘Con.
That includes Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (currently going by the semi-official subtitle Dead Men Tell No Tales), as well as Sony’s Sinister Six and Amazing Spider-Man 3, and the video game adaptation, Uncharted. It was just a week ago that Uncharted director Seth Gordon said he expects to begin shooting the international treasure-hunting adventure “very early” in 2015 – with the unspoken indication being that Sony/Columbia Pictures is eying the feature for its Summer Movie Season 2016 release slate.
Sure enough, Sony has confirmed Uncharted for a June 10th, 2016 arrival, taking the spot that the studio had previously reserved for a Spider-Man film (Sinister Six has been placed in November 2016 instead). There are currently no other major tentpoles scheduled for release that day, though there are two high-profile animated franchise installments – DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Pixar’s Finding Dory - that are currently marked down to arrive a week afterwards (though, the third Dragon movie hasn’t been formally green-lit yet, as far as we know).
Uncharted has yet to officially fill its protagonist role – Indiana Jones-esque rugged treasure hunter Nathan Drake – nor is it clear yet who will receive final screenwriting credit, as David Guggenheim (Safe House) was the last writer reported to have turned in a script draft for the project – and that was before the news broke of Gordon having climbed onboard as director. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound as though it’ll be long before we have more information to offer, in these regards.
As for the prospect of an Uncharted movie in general: we don’t really have a modern film property that is currently filling the spot that was once occupied by Dr. Jones – and with the future of the National Treasure movie franchise very much up in the air, there’s certainly room for Drake’s globe-trotting antics on the big screen. Be sure and let us know if you agree (or feel otherwise), in the comments section of this article.
Uncharted opens in U.S. theaters on June 10th, 2016.
Source: Sony/Columbia Pictures