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The long-suffering Uncharted movie might be struggling to find a director, but at least one person involved with the project believes in its potential. Spider-Man star Tom Holland is set to play a younger version of treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the live-action adaptation, and in a promising development, he believes the latest version of the script is one of "the best he's ever read".
"I think what Uncharted offers that most video games films don't is that it's an origin story to the games," Holland told IGN. "So if you played the games, you haven't seen what's going to happen in the film. And if you haven't played the games, you're going to enjoy the film because it's information that everyone else is getting at the same time. But I'm super excited to make that movie and it's been a long time coming."
"I read the newest draft of the script on the way over here and it's one of the best scripts I've ever read," he continued. "It really, really jumps off the page."
Holland also added that he thinks Mark Wahlberg, who was once being eyed to play Nathan Drake for an earlier version of the project, is going to be great as Drake's friend and mentor Sully. Certainly, Holland and Wahlberg should make for an entertaining double act - the movie just needs to get made now.
Sony's Uncharted movie has lingered in some form of development since 2008, with multiple directors, actors, and writers all joining - then leaving - the project. Last month it was announced that the movie had lost its sixth director in 12 years after Travis Knight (Bumblebee) was forced to part ways with the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Knight was drafted in to replace Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), who in turn was signed up in April last year following the departure of Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum). I genuinely suspect the movie is cursed, and have seen no evidence to the contrary thus far.
Unbowed by constant setbacks, Sony is currently shopping around for a seventh - and I pray final - director. according to Deadline, Ruben Fleischer (Venom, Zombieland, Zombieland: Double Tap) is at the top of Sony's list right now. All three of his aforementioned Sony-produced projects have been big hitters at the box office, so he could be just the person needed to finally get Uncharted over the line. Here's hoping.
If nothing else, I'm getting bored of writing about this movie every time it loses a director.
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