Despite the fact that the games center on a wise-cracking Indiana Jones-knockoff who epitomized the idea of a “Chris Pratt-type” long before that was a thing, Hollywood has had a surprising amount of trouble turning Uncharted into a movie. Multiple attempts have been made, with Mark Wahlberg once set to star until Night At The Museum’s Shawn Levy replaced David O. Russell as the director, and the last we heard was that Sony was so happy with Tom Holland’s work as Spider-Man that the studio had convinced Levy to rework the film into an Uncharted origin story about a young, up-and-coming Indiana Jones-knockoff with Holland in the lead. That was years ago, and now Levy has had to drop out of the project due to the ever-reliable excuse of “scheduling conflicts.”
According to Variety, Levy is being replaced by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, with Holland still starring and production expected to start later this year. There wasn’t a ton of jumping from one ancient structure to another or people screaming “no, no, no!” in 10 Cloverfield Lane, both of which are hallmarks of Uncharted, but 10 Cloverfield Lane was a better movie than Night At The Museum so that counts for something. Also, speaking of things that are better, this will hopefully turn out better than the most recent Tomb Raider movie, which was based on the rebooted Tomb Raider games that clearly took some inspiration from Uncharted. At the very least, Sony should make sure not to do any weird stuff with the poster.