Uncharted Movie Update – Director Talks Indiana Jones, Inspiration, and a Young Nathan Drake
A film based on the Uncharted series has been in the works pretty much since the first game released 10 years ago, but the project currently seems much more feasible than ever with a director, screenwriter, and fitting main actor finally being cast. After last heading up a few Stranger Things episodes, Uncharted movie director Shawn Levy recently spoke with Nerdist about what he and writer Joe Carnahan are planning for the adaptation. They’re aspiring to make a unique treasure-hunting adventure “for a generation that didn’t grow up on Indiana Jones.”
For me, it was the fact that the game is awesome. The spirit of the game with its action set pieces, its imaginative settings, and above all the kind of rogue swagger of Nathan. Those are things that I think make for a great movie.”
Comparisons to the swashbuckling Indiana Jones have been present since the creation of main character of Nathan Drake, but the new films are aiming to tell a different tale than what gamers are used to. Instead of focusing on the devil-may-care adventuring of an adult Drake, the new film has chosen to follow a younger, more inexperienced version of the character played by ‘Spider-Man’ actor Tom Holland. Uncharted movie director, Levy, recalled that the outside-the-box (er, console) idea was pitched by Holland himself during initial discussions for the role:
He kind of put it really succinctly in saying, if we do the origin of Drake — Tom Holland as younger Drake — that is something that we haven’t seen as the plot of game 1, 2, 3, 4. We’ve seen a snippet of an origin of Sully and Drake meeting in the past, but here’s maybe an opportunity to do a treasure-hunting action movie with attitude, with a protagonist and chapter of the protagonist’s life that you can’t get for free at home by just playing the game.”
While the movie’s choice to portray a Nathan Drake origin story may be a disappointment to fans wanting a straightforward adaptation, the idea of getting a supplemental Uncharted story seems like the next best thing. Perhaps this is a wise move when considering the less than average success rate of video game movies, but when Uncharted 4 is as good as it is, one has to wonder.
What do you think? Will Shawn Levy’s desire to craft a modern-day Indy come to fruition, or is the Uncharted movie director asking too much of himself? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow DFTG on the Twitter for the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more on the subject of video game movies, check out the next few articles below:
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