For the fourth time, Sony’s Uncharted movie is in search of a new director. Director Dan Trachtenberg, who was brought in on January 2019 after director Shawn Levy stepped down, has left the project.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is already in search of Trachtenberg’s replacement and plans on bringing in a new filmmaker by the end of September. Tom Holland is still attached to star as Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake–albeit a younger, less experienced version of the video game character. Production on the Uncharted movie is scheduled to begin early 2020.
This is the second time in as many days that issues have arisen in a major Sony project associated with Holland. Disney and Sony have come to an impasse in regards to the Spider-Man movie franchise, resulting in Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige being removed from future Spidey films. Whether Holland’s Spider-Man remains in the MCU remains to be seen, though the language used to describe the tear in Disney and Sony’s partnership seems to imply that will not be the case. Given how Spider-Man: Far From Home ended, it’s going to be interesting to see how the MCU may be restructured if Holland’s removal does actually happen.
Prior to Levy, The King of Kong’s Seth Gordon was signed on as director for Uncharted. Limitless’ Neil Burger and Silver Linings Playbook’s David O. Russell have also been at the helm of Uncharted at one point. Like the director’s chair, the pen behind the script has switched hands a few times too. The first draft was penned by The A-Team’s Joe Carnahan, but his draft was replaced by a submission from Agents of Shield writer Rafe Judkins. That draft didn’t survive long either, being replaced by another written in conjunction between Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.
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Author: Jordan Ramée