Video game movies have a special place in this young writer’s heart and ever since it was announced that Uncharted would be the next game franchise to get the big screen treatment, I’ve been nothing but excited for this movie!
Since then we’ve learned that the movie is taking a new direction from the script already written by Joe Carnahan (The Grey). After a chat with Tom Holland, Sony decided to make the Uncharted movie an origin film focusing on a young Nathan Drake to be played by Tom Holland himself. It’s an interesting take but I can’t say I’m not amped for it! Stranger Things director Shawn Levy recently spoke with Nerdist and gave some interesting insight on the upcoming film and how today’s movie goers will react to the project and why an origin film is the best place to start.
“So, for me, it was a fact that the game is awesome; the spirit of the game, with its action set pieces, it’s imaginative setting, and above all, the kind of rogue swagger of Nathan. Those are things that I think make for a great movie. And, for me, the kind of the big, like the aha moment, if you want to call it that, was I met with Tom Holland and he kind of put it really succinctly and saying, if we do the origin of Drake, that is something that we haven’t seen as the plot of games 1, 2, 3, 4; we’ve seen a snippet of an origin of Sully and Drake meeting in the past, but here’s maybe an opportunity to do a treasure-hunting action movie with attitude, with a protagonist — and chapter of the protagonist’s life — that you can’t get for free, at home, by just playing the game.
He went on to make the comparison to Indiana Jones,
“So, we’re trying to kind of take the spirit and the tone and the attitude of the game — and the crazy, visual spectacle of it — but apply it to this Drake chapter that you haven’t seen told. Hopefully, if we can get that right, what you’re doing is: you’re doing right by Uncharted, and you’re also giving an Indiana Jones-type franchise to an audience that didn’t grow up on Indiana Jones.”
No word yet on when Uncharted releases, but it sure sounds exciting! Catch Tom Holland in this year’s web-head blockbuster, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Check out the full interview below!
Source: Nerdist (YouTube)