Video game films have never been great but Hollywood’s still churning them out and audiences are still giving in. It can be relatively hard to adapt some video game mechanics to film but one video game franchise has basically derived its quality from the magic of filmmaking and is basically begging for an adaptation, that being Uncharted. The acclaimed video game series has managed to deliver high-octane Hollywood action sometimes better than Hollywood itself following the adventures of Nathan Drake.
An adaptation has been planned for the longest time but things were moving forward nicely however as they have their lead with the likes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Tom Holland. Director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) was announced as the director of the film in 2016 with Holland attached to play a younger Drake but you know what they say, one step forward and two steps back.
According to THR, Levy has dropped out of directing the Uncharted film. The reason for this would be due to Levy’s attachment to direct another video game related project, Free Guy after it was green-lit by 20th Century Fox and is scheduled to start filming in April. The search for a new director is now ongoing with Holland still attached to star.
With all these video game film adaptations coming up including reboots of old video game film adaptations, it sucks that the one game that should get a film hasn’t gotten one yet. Uncharted would no doubt make a great film but instead we’re getting shit like Assassin’s Creed and a Resident Evil reboot. However, they could probably do better than Levy so maybe Sony should give Mission: Impossible- Fallout‘s Christopher McQuarrie a call.