Uncharted has gone through years upon years of production hell, but it looks like it's finally over and if the reports bear out, they've finally cracked the story.
According to a report in Deadline, Tom Holland of Spider-Man: Homecoming fame has now been tapped to play a young Nathan Drake with the idea being that he'll carry the franchise forward. The third Uncharted featured an extended sequence which saw Drake as a teenager meeting Sullivan for the first time, and it's understood that that sequence will form the nugget of the first film.
According to Deadline's sources, the idea came from Sony chief Tom Rothman after seeing early footage of Spider-Man: Homecoming. There's no word yet on who'll be playing Sullivan, but Shawn Levy of Stranger Things and Night At The Museum fame has been assigned to direct with a new screenplay to be formulated around this new premise.
Previous attempts at cracking the story included efforts by Joe Carnahan and David Guggenheim, with David O. Russell attached at one point to direct with Mark Wahlberg in the role of Drake. No release date has been set for Uncharted, but it's clear that Sony are keen to push Tom Holland as a star on the basis of what they've seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
So, thoughts? It's hard to say exactly how this is going to play out and Holland is relatively untested. The Lost City Of Z received sterling reviews, but pretty much nobody saw it and his role in Civil War amounted to nothing more than an extended cameo. The real test of his ability to open a film will come with Homecoming and whether or not he has the on-screen charisma to play Drake.
Don't be in the least bit surprised if this all gets chucked if Homecoming bombs, either.