It was only last week that Sony Pictures announced that it was scrapping the Uncharted movie set with an adult Nathan Drake and would be going with a prequel concept, much like the Lara Croft movie being developed but younger. With this news, they revealed that Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) star Tom Holland had signed on to play a young Nathan Drake in the unnamed Uncharted movie.
With the latest Uncharted: A Thief’s End featuring a much younger version of Nathan Drake in flashbacks that retold his origins, and the success it brought, Sony has decided to capitalise on that and tell an origin tale and finally bring us an Uncharted movie.
Since the announcement, no further cast members or characters have been announced quite yet. However, during a recent interview, star Tom Holland revealed not only that he wants Victor “Sully” Sullivan in the movie but exactly who he envisages playing him:
“I think Jake Gyllenhaal could be really cool. But I actually went to the Jurassic World 2 film set the other day to visit my friend who’s directing it and Chris Pratt is on that film, who I’ve become very good friends with over the last few months. I think he would be a great Sully, I think it could be cool. Because if it was an older movie, I would say that Chris should play Nathan, but I think he would be a cool Sully, and I love working with Chris, so if I could work with Chris some more that would be great.”
“It’s an exciting one, didn’t know much about it. It was a conversation I had with Tom Rothman, about the potential of different movies that I’d like to work with for Sony, and I had the idea that maybe a young Nathan Drake is something that audiences would be very interested in. I met Shawn at the MTV Awards and we had a brief chat about the potential of doing origin story, rather than copying what the games have done, and it seems like people are really excited about it.”
It wasn’t so long ago (November 2014) that Chris Pratt actually passed on the Nathan Drake role, which he would have been excellent, and in January 2017 it was being reported that Joe Carnahan had finished his new crazy R-rated draft of the script.
At the moment Shawn Levy is set to direct. However, the studio is reportedly looking for a new writer, which spells another long period on the side-lines once again. The announcement marks another turn of events for this pending film franchise, which has spent years in development and at one point had Mark Wahlberg attached to play Nathan Drake, before dropping out. Hopefully this time they can get it off the ground.
Either way, if the executives at Sony are luck enough to get either Pratt or Gyllenhaal, along with Holland, then this is already set to be a better movie then previously thought.