Sony's Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake will hit theaters next year. The video game movie genre has long been considered to be cursed in Hollywood after decades of lacking adaptations. With the recent successes of Tomb Raider and Detective Pikachu, though, this belief is changing. This could be good news for several different video game movies that have been stuck in development, and the Uncharted movie appears to be one that's picking up steam.
Holland was cast in the lead role of Nathan Drake over two years ago, but he has yet to get the chance to play the adventurer. Sony brought him aboard the franchise after seeing how well audiences took to his new version of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it was Holland who suggested a young Nathan Drake approach for a movie. Holland was set to be paired with Shawn Levy as the director, but he had to leave the project late last year.
Earlier this year, Sony brought 10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg on board to direct the film, and after a few more months of development, has locked down a release date. As shared by THR, Sony has given Uncharted a December 18, 2020 release date. The date is a huge step forward for the movie and will put it up against Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake in its opening weekend.
Sony's decision to put Uncharted in this 2020 holiday window could pay off in a major way. The Uncharted video game franchise is one of the most popular, with 2016's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End being the best-selling entry in the franchise and one of the biggest PlayStation 4 games ever, so there will be plenty of interest in the movie. However, Sony is also taking advantage of the rare December without a Star Wars, Avatar, or DC movie already dated. The studio had great success with fellow adventure film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017, so they could be hoping Uncharted can have similar success.
The December 2020 release date also means that more information on Uncharted should come as the year goes on. Production will likely begin by the end of the year, so casting announcements could surface within the next few months. One of the key roles that the movie needs to fill is that of Sully, Nathan's mentor, and Holland has previously hoped that his fellow MCU stars Jake Gyllenhaal or Chris Pratt will take this role. That said, this is just his wish for the casting process, and neither actor has been linked to the project at this point, but we will hopefully know more about Uncharted sooner rather than later.
- Uncharted (2020) release date: Dec 18, 2020