Tom Holland’s movie projects are having a tough week. A few days after it was reported that Spider-Man is leaving the MCU, Holland’s long-delayed “Uncharted” adaptation has lost its director. According to multiple reports, Dan Trachtenberg has left the Sony Pictures’ project, leaving the studio to search for another director (again).
After the reports started to flood in, Sony Pictures confirmed Trachtenberg’s departure on Thursday afternoon. Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Rafe Judkins are writing the screenplay for the movie, which is based on the popular video game series developed by Naughty Dog for the Playstation consoles. The game is one of the tent-poles of the Playstation 3 and the Playstation 4 brand, and has sold over 41M copies worldwide. The last major release from the game franchise was “Uncharted: A Thief’s End,” and that was back in March 2016. The games released on multiple platforms across multiple generations, but always as a Sony exclusive. A spinoff of the game called “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” was also released, and the publisher made a smaller installment for the PS Vita.
As it stands, Trachtenberg is the second director to join and leave the “Uncharted” project. The other director was Shawn Levy, who left the film due to scheduling conflicts. Trachtenberg seemed like the perfect fit for the franchise, his “10 Cloverfield Lane” movie released back in 2016 and made over $110M worldwide. J.J. Abrams produced the movie, which starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. Trachtenberg’s other works included “Black Mirror: Playtest,” and the short “Portal: No Escape” which was also based on a favorite game.
As for now, the “Uncharted” movie is still in the planning stages, and Sony Pictures is having a tough time getting the movie off the ground. Once the studio gets another director in place, we might get new casting details.
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