Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland is stepping into another Sony-owned franchise, by starring in the Uncharted video game movie adaptation. The big screen take on the globe-trotting adventure game series has gone through a number of different writers and directors’ hands over the past several years, prior to Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Stranger Things) signing on to call the shots. While Levy is remaining onboard as director for the time being, Sony’s Uncharted movie is now undergoing yet another significant transformation, from a storytelling perspective.
The Uncharted film is now being designed as a prequel/origin story for the Uncharted games’ treasure-hunting protagonist Nathan Drake, with Holland (who returns as Peter Parker in this July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming) stepping in to play the younger version of the character. Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) delivered the most recent script draft for the Uncharted movie, but it sounds as though his screenplay won’t actually be used – as a new writer is being sought now, to plot out this fresh iteration of the project.
According to Deadline, the Uncharted movie will take heavy inspiration from the third installment in the original video game series, aka. 2011’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. To be exact, the film will be based on the flashback in Drake’s Deception that reveals how the young Drake (then but a simple thief) first crossed paths with Victor “Sully” Sullivan: the rogue who became Drake’s father figure and mentor, training him in the “art” of seeking a fortune through hunting ancient treasures around the world.
While last year’s release Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End also explores Nathan Drake’s backstory and history prior to the events in the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune video game, there is no indication in Deadline‘s report that the movie adaptation will take inspiration from the plotline of A Thief’s End. It sounds like the plan is for the Uncharted movie to instead be a full-blown origin story for the Nathan Drake character, leaving the door open for the potential sequel(s) to adapt story elements from A Thief’s End and the events in the Uncharted games that take place after the flashback in Drake’s Deception.
Fellow video game-based movie franchise Tomb Raider is also going the origin story route, with Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander playing a college-age version of Lara Croft in the reboot. Similar to this year’s American Assassin adaptation, it sounds as though the Uncharted film in particular will revolve around the father/son-style relationship between the franchise’s protagonist in his early years and the crusty mentor figure, who takes them under his wing. In fact, that’s not too far off from the approach of Spider-Man: Homecoming either, seeing as Holland’s Peter Parker is mentored by Iron Man himself, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), in that film.
We will bring you more information about the Uncharted movie as it becomes available.