Well, all of a sudden it’s all a go go in the world of the Uncharted movie. It has been buried since the dark ages, but it finally seems like Seth Gordon, (Horrible Bosses) is willing to pick up the trail and unearth it. In fact, so confident are Sony that this time the project will get off the ground, that they have announced a release date. Ladies and gentlemen, if all goes to plan, Uncharted; The Movie will be with us on June 10th 2016. So there’s a bit of time to plan your outfit for the premiere, but it is worth noting that this is the closest we have come so far to an actual movie with actual actors in actual cinemas that you might pay actual money for.
According to Zap2it who broke the news first, Gordon plans to start filming in the new year. And you know what that means, don’t you? They will need to start looking for a cast. All Things UNCHARTED often gets sent suggestions, hopes, dreams and desires for Nathan Drake; the names we hear the most are Nathan Fillion, Bradley Cooper, Jensen Ackles, David Giuntoli and Nolan North. As it happens, when Nolan’s name is mentioned in relation to this role the reaction is universally positive. Nathan Fillion is often cited as the ‘fans choice’, but I would argue that in fact Nolan North is the most popular choice among fans of the game.
But sadly we mere mortals do not get to pick, and it sounds as if Mark Wahlberg is likely to play the role. Hold on, did we travel back in time several years? No, but you are right in thinking that Wahlberg was linked to the part when David O’Russell was still in charge of the project. Well, according to reports in IGN, the studio still wants Wahlberg, although his involvement is as yet unconfirmed. This news has been greeted with an outpouring of indifference; many of our Twitter followers expressing the view that Wahlberg does not embody Nathan Drake. The calls to cast North in the role kept pouring in, however.
The jury will remain out. I doubt very much that this will be the film that Uncharted fans want, but that doesn’t mean that it will be a bad experience. The movie makers will want to appeal to an audience outside the existing fan base, and that will mean doing things that Uncharted fans might not agree with, or do things that we might not immediately feel comfortable with, and we will have to accept that. However, any talk of an antiquities crime fighting family dealing justice to corrupt museum bosses and I will start flipping tables.