One of the best-selling video games of all time by Naughty Dog, the Uncharted series, will be getting a film adaptation by Sony Pictures. The games feature the journeys of a treasure hunter named Nathan Drake who uncover historical mysteries around the world.
After going through multiple directors, Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is now in talks with Travis Knight to take the helm. Knight directed 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings and 2018’s Bumblebee. He was also the lead animator for the animation studio Laika.
Last year, Tom Holland has been announced to play the younger Drake in the movie adaptation. Written by Joe Carnahan, the last script draft was inspired by a sequence in the Uncharted: A Thief’s End game where the young thief first met with the professional treasure hunter and businessman Victor Sullivan. Sullivan is a known character from the game series where he is Drake’s mentor and father figure. Now, the script has been passed on to Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Rafe Judkins. It will tell the story of Drake growing into the treasure hunter we know from the game franchise.
The Uncharted game franchise is mainly action-adventure third-person shooter. It has often been praised for its high production values including quality storytelling and voice acting, realistic graphics and gameplay mechanics, making you feel like you’re watching actual action-adventure films. According to former Naughty Dog developer Lucas Pope, the franchise was inspired by Gears of War, also a third-person shooter game.
The first Uncharted came out in 2007 for the PlayStation 3. It has three sequels, with the last one in 2016. In 2017, they released a standalone expansion Uncharted: The Lost Legacy with an entirely new protagonist named Chloe Frazer.
Production for Sony’s Uncharted film is set to begin early next year.