Uncharted: Everything We Know About the Video Game Adaptation
2/3/2021 • 4 min read
Video game developer Naughty Dog makes games with an explicitly cinematic bent. One of the studio's signature franchises is "Uncharted," which follows the adventures of Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who bears more than a few similarities to big-screen heroes like Indiana Jones.
Now Drake himself is headed to the big screen in UNCHARTED, a movie from director Ruben Fleischer, with star Tom "Spider-Man" playing the lead role. After years of development, it's one of the most highly-anticipated video game adaptations. Filming has finally wrapped on the movie; here's everything we know about UNCHARTED.
The Uncharted Release Date
UNCHARTED comes to theatres on February 11, 2022.
Is There an Uncharted Movie Trailer?
There's no UNCHARTED trailer yet! And while each of Sony's "Uncharted" video games gets more and more realistic, don't mistake trailers for the games for footage of the new movie.
The Star of Uncharted
Development of UNCHARTED took ten years, but in all that time not many actors were truly set to play Nathan Drake. The primary early choice was Mark Wahlberg, who ended up in the movie anyway, playing Drake's friend and mentor, Victor “Sully” Sullivan.
After the success of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Sony recruited Tom Holland to play Drake, and the movie's script was rewritten to focus on a younger version of the character than in the games.
Does Uncharted Adapt Any Specific Game?
Not exactly. UNCHARTED is not an adaptation of the first game in the series, for example. In fact, as the casting suggests, the UNCHARTED movie is a tale about Nathan Drake's early days.
In a video interview from February 2020, Tom Holland said "Lots of the inspiration for the film has come from ["Uncharted IV: A Thief's End"] in particular," before recounting that he mentioned loving the game when talking to Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman, which led to Holland playing Nathan Drake in this movie.
So What Is Uncharted About?
Beyond the fact that UNCHARTED follows Drake's early adventures, and likely documents his first encounters with Sully, we don't know much about the plot! Since there is no trailer and just a few promo images, even the basic outline of the story remains nebulous.
There are a few clues, however. Official images from the movie's promo Twitter account show a centuries-old map and an elaborate jeweled cross that doubles as a key of some sort. And Nolan North, who voiced Drake in the original games, tweeted some images from his visit to the movie's set. One features the same cross, while another shows a book that seems to depict the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who began the expedition that eventually circumnavigated the world for the first time. One of his officers, Juan Sebastián Elcano, was the captain who completed the trip around the world — and who was rewarded handsomely for his success. What happened to his riches? That might be a question of interest to Nathan Drake. (Who is, by the way, supposedly named after Sir Francis Drake, who was the second captain to sail around the world.)
The Cast of Uncharted
In addition to Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Sully Sullivan, the cast features Antonio Banderas, seen above in PAIN & GLORY, playing an as-yet-unknown role, and Sophia Taylor Ali as another adventurer and fortune hunter, Chloe Frazer. Additionally, Tati Gabrielle plays a new character named Braddock.
Who Is Directing Uncharted?
Ruben Fleischer directed UNCHARTED. His most recent movies are VENOM and ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP; he also made the first ZOMBIELAND movie. Fleischer is working from a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who also wrote IRON MAN and TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. (That's Fleischer above, right, with Tom Hardy on the set of VENOM.)
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