It’s Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch back at it again, except the Funky Bunch is now a kid, a lady, and Antonio Banderas. I’m talking about the new Uncharted film, based on the wildly popular video game series of the same name.
Uncharted follows young Nathan Drake as he learns to become a treasure hunter under the tutelage of Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Tom Holland takes on the role of Nathan, while Mark Wahlberg steps into Sully’s character. The stories follow Nathan and Sully as they attempt to find lost cities and treasures all over the world.
The new film looks to be a prequel to the games; it chronicles Nathan’s first meeting with Sully and his introduction to treasure hunting. The movie looks gritty, dark, and action-packed, much like its video game counterpart. Who doesn’t want to witness firsthand a guy’s first foray into treasure hunting? This film promises thrills, mystery, and a little humor as well.
‘Uncharted’ and its Long Production History
The film has been in the works since around 2008, but didn’t start production until March 2020. It went through many writers and directors, with people dropping out left and right to work on other projects. But, in 2011, former director Neil Burger said a few words about the film; those words still ring true for its current production.
“There are a lot of good actors out there who even look like Nathan Drake and who could do it,” Burger told Variety. “I love the project, I think it’s a great adventure and it’s a wild insane ride […] the game is and the movie will be.”
Burger went on to discuss Nathan Drake as a character, saying, “I mean it has pretty great character at its core, Nathan is a bit of a con man, a hustler […] knows his stuff, ballsy […] it’s great.”
Mark Wahlberg was initially approached to play Nathan Drake, but declined, as did Chris Pratt. In 2015, the script leaked, and production was pushed back another year. Tom Holland was cast as Nathan in 2017, with Wahlberg returning to the project to play Sully.
After a few more directors dropped out of the project, Ruben Fleischer was finally confirmed as the film’s director in 2020. The film takes its inspiration from the fourth game in the franchise, A Thief’s End, and seems to heavily reference Nathan’s presumed-dead brother Sam Drake.
We’ll see how those relationships play out in the film on February 18, 2022. Hopefully Uncharted is really worth the wait.