Dan Trachtenberg, the director behind “10 Cloverfield Lane,” is the newest addition to Sony Pictures’ long-struggling “Uncharted” adaptation. The film will be a joint venture between Sony Pictures and Columbia and is based on the popular Playstation games of the same name. The movie has spent years in development but can never seem to get off the ground. The last major video game release from the franchise was “Uncharted: A Thief’s End,” and that was back in March 2016. Sony Pictures isn’t giving up on the adaptation, at least not yet, and this time we might see the film move past the planning stages.
The gaming franchise stretched across four major releases and even included a spinoff called “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.” The publisher also released a smaller installment for the PS Vita, and the original titles were some of the most popular exclusives that the PS3 ever had. Developer Naughty Dog released the games exclusively on Sony’s Playstation platforms, and the story followed a treasure hunting explore named Nathan Drake and his motley crew.
Trachtenberg is the second director to join the Uncharted adaptation; Shawn Levy left the film due to scheduling conflicts before the project even started casting. Variety was the first to report Trachtenberg’s involvement in the movie, but Sony Pictures hasn’t made any confirmations at this time. Trachtenberg’s “10 Cloverfield Lane” released back in 2016 and did well in theaters. The film, produced by J.J. Abrams, starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr., and made over $110M worldwide.
Sony Pictures hasn’t confirmed the casting for the film, but there have been rumors that Spider-Man star Tom Holland will take the leading role. Holland worked with Sony Pictures in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” after Sony lent the Spider-Man character to Marvel for “Captain America: Civil War.” Joe Carnahan wrote the original screenplay, but Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker are working on a new screenplay at this point.
Viewers may have seen Trachtenberg’s other works, which include “Black Mirror: Playtest,” and the short “Portal: No Escape” which was also based on a favorite game. Fans may be excited to hear that the “Uncharted” movie finally has a director again, but the film has stalled in pre-production so many times that at this point, no one should be holding their breath.