It turns out the plan for the Uncharted movie to focus on Nathan Darke’s early years was actually Tom Holland’s idea. It’s no secret that Hollywood has been struggling with adapting video games into movies. Whereas studios are finally producing quality comic book movies, they are still having trouble breaking the video game movie curse that has plagued the industry for decades. At least some adaptations — Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and Need for Speed — have managed to hit the big screen; there are other adaptations that are still stuck in the planning stages. One such film is Uncharted.
The Uncharted movie has been in development since before the second installment in the video game series — which it’s based on — released. Last year, Night at the Museum and Stranger Things director Shawn Levy signed on to direct the project, with The Grey director Joe Carnahan writing the script. Carnahan turned in his draft of the screenplay earlier this year, with filming having been scheduled to commence this spring. That all changed when the studio retooled the film earlier this month.
Last week, it was announced that Sony Pictures had reconfigured the Uncharted movie. Instead of focusing on the character as an adult — as he is in the games — the movie would be an origin story, with Tom Holland in the lead role. It turns out, the idea for an origin story was actually Holland’s idea. Here’s what he told Yahoo! Movies:
“It sort of just came. It was a conversation I had with [Sony head] Tom Rothman about the potential of different movies that I’d like to work with Sony, and I just had the idea that maybe a young Nathan Drake would be something that audiences would be very interested in. I met Shawn [Levy] at the MTV awards and we had a brief chat about the potential of doing an origin story rather than copying what the games have done, and it seems like people have been really excited about it. I know I am. I’m excited to have some further conversations about it.”
It makes sense for Sony and Holland to further develop their working relationship beyond Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is looking like it will be successful for all parties involved. Spider-Man has always been one of the studio’s top franchises, and it’s something that has catapulted Holland into global stardom. The idea of an origin story, though, is a radical change, especially considering that the studio altered the entire premise of the film mere months after Carnahan turned in his script.
Sony has been working on developing the Uncharted movie for almost 10 years now, and much of that time has been spent courting directors familiar with the project as well as actors who can portray an adult Nathan Drake, such as Nathan Fillion, Chris Pratt, and Mark Wahlberg. Furthermore, the games have always centered on Drake in his later years, with only brief sequences focusing on his past. We’ll just have to wait and see how the Uncharted prequel movie connects to the video game series, if it does at all.
Source: Yahoo! Movies