The Uncharted movie simply cannot catch a break and has once again been delayed, this time by another seven months. Sony Pictures recently pushed back virtually its entire slate for the year to 2021. While the high-profile video game adaptation was already set to arrive in 2021, the shifting around with the calendar, as well as a delay in production, given the current circumstances, ultimately pushed this one back to October 8, 2021.
Sony Pictures also moved Ghostbusters: Afterlife to 2021, setting it for a March 5, 2021 release. That was the date originally pegged for Uncharted. Tom Holland has long been attached to star as Nathan Drake in the big screen version of the wildly popular video game series. At present, that is still the plan. Mark Wahlberg is also attached to play his trusty partner, Sully. Ruben Fleischer, whose recent credits include Venom and Zombieland: Double Tap, is currently set to direct. However, with the schedule being pushed back, things could change.
Uncharted has been stuck in development hell for years. Multiple writers and directors have come and gone to no avail. More recently, both Dan Trachtenberg 10 Cloverfield Lane and Travis Knight Bumblebee were attached for a short while. Ruben Fleischer was gearing up to actually begin shooting this month. Unfortunately, the situation the world finds itself in has forced a h on virtually all movie and TV production for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, it seemed unlikely the movie would make that original March 2021 date anyway, given the tight schedule they would be working on.
The studio also had to delay several other key releases including the Spider-Man spin-off Morbius starring Jared Leto, which was supposed to open in July. It will now open in March 2021 as well. Peter Rabbit 2 was delayed for a second time, now opening in January 2021. Additionally, the Tom Hanks World War II drama Greyhound, which has already been delayed repeatedly, has been pushed back indefinitely. These titles join a growing list of movies that have been delayed in recent weeks such as No Time to Die, Mulan, Black Widow A Quiet Place: Part II and F9, amongst others.
Tom Holland is also set to return for Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man 3, which is still scheduled to shoot in July. That could make things tricky when it comes to scheduling. Though the delay could provide just enough cushion to make it work, but Spider-Man is probably going to be the priority. Uncharted is one of the best-selling video game series of the modern era, with more than 40 million copies sold across five games. With that, there is certainly franchise potential here, if the movie can manage to get itself made one of these days. We'll be sure to keep you posted as more details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony's long-gestating Uncharted movie was delayed yet again. The adaptation of the popular video game franchise seems to be cursed at this point. Though this particular project is far from the only one being affected by the situation at hand in Hollywood currently. Now, star Tom Holland has revealed that they were literally on set for the first day of shooting when the plug was pulled.
Tom Holland, known best for his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently did an Instagram live chat with Justin Bieber. During the conversation, Bieber asked Holland if any of his projects were affected by the shutdown. At that point, Holland revealed just how close Uncharted was to finally becoming a reality. Here's what he had to say about it.
'Yeah, we went to work day one. I'm doing this movie called Uncharted, which is based on a video game. And we showed up for our first day of shooting and then they shut us down. I was in Berlin, so I had to come home and now I'm back in London.'
This is a heartbreaking thing to hear. Uncharted has been in the works for years and has been met with one roadblock after another. A revolving door of stars and filmmakers have been attached at various points to bring the adventures of Nathan Drake to life on the big screen. Tom Holland has been attached to the lead role for several years, with Mark Wahlberg on board to play his trusty partner Sully. At one point, Wahlberg was attached to play Nathan Drake himself before Sony shifted gears. Antonio Banderas is also set to star.
Recently, directors such as Dan Trachtenberg 10 Cloverfield Lane and Travis Knight Bumblebee spent time developing the project. Ruben Fleischer Venom was the filmmaker who was finally going to make it happen when the shutdown happened. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight wrote the most recent draft of the script. Speaking further, Tom Holland explained that his preparation wasn't overly intense, so it wasn't quite as soul-crushing in that respect.
'I played the video games and I got into shape, but that's about it. It wasn't heart and soul on the line for it.'
The Uncharted series debuted in 2007 for the PlayStation 3 with Drake's Fortune. To date, the games have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful video game series of the modern era. The movie had been set for a March 5, 2021, release. However, Sony moved Ghostbusters: After life to that date. Uncharted is now set to arrive in theaters on October 8, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. Feel free to check out the video from Justin Bieber's Instagram for yourself.