The long-awaited Uncharted movie is set to release December 18, 2020, and Mark Wahlberg, who was linked to the film nearly a decade ago, is in final talks for a lead role.
Based on the popular videogame series by Naughty Dog, Uncharted the movie will be a prequel that introduces a younger version of the franchise’s main character Nathan Drake. Drake, the wise-cracking thief and treasure hunter that gamers have come to know and love, will be played by Tom Holland of Spiderman: Homecoming fame. Wahlberg is up for the role of the main character’s mentor and father-figure Sully. No mention yet on if fellow Uncharted hopeful Nathan Fillion will manage to snag a role (he would’ve been a great grown-up Nathan Drake).
For the plot, I’d venture a guess that the film covers Nathan’s past as an orphan and his subsequent rise to infamous adventurer with Sully’s help. Sully, who’s often called a “dirty old man” by Nate, is a dynamic character whose loyalties and motivations were often tested in the games. There’s a lot to pull from, and selling Nate’s relationship with Sully will probably the linchpin to the whole film. Holland will probably nail that bit, seeing as how his scenes with Robert Downey Jr. throughout the Avengers movies (hm…orphan who finds a father-figure is starting to be a theme here) were all quite enjoyable, if not outright tearjerkers. I think Wahlberg could play a truly fun and streetwise Sully.
As far as game franchises go, Uncharted has had consistently solid characters and storytelling, so the film’s producers and screenwriters would do well to draw from that. Nathan Drake has been voiced and mo-capped by voice actor powerhouse Nolan North for years, so that may be tough to beat. Videogame-to-film adaptations are generally exciting think about, but rarely executed well, so hopefully with some star power Uncharted will come out of the cutting-room unscathed. (Though star power couldn’t save Warcraft, womp-womp.)
Video-game-to-film adaptations are in, people. Besides Uncharted, in just the next two years we’ll also be seeing Sonic the Hedgehog, Monster Hunter, Mortal Kombat, and Tomb Raider 2. Whether or not these types of movies have historically bombed is another question, but with the spotlight shining on the gaming industry more than ever, I’m hoping these franchises get the love they deserve.