Uncharted is one of those movies that has been simmering away in development for years, burning through directors and possible actors. But the game adaptation has just taken a potential step forward, with news arriving via Deadline that Shawn Levy (Real Steel) has stepped aboard to direct.
We say, 'potential' because Sony Pictures and this title have been here before. Several times, in fact. The likes of David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were attached to direct at different points, with Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor) and perennial fan casting favourite Nathan Fillion (Castle) either part of the package or demanded as main character Nathan Drake.
The Uncharted series, for those of you unaware, is a globe trotting, loot hunting set of games for the Sony PlayStation, following adventurer Nathan Drake – a descendant of Sir Francis – on his quests to the likes of El Dorado, Shambala and the Iram of the Pillars.
The latest script is by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), who had been considering directing but is focusing on Bad Boys For Life.
So now Levy faces the challenge of wrangling this uncooperative behemoth into cinemas, and certainly has experience with bigger films. He has also had success this year with Stranger Things, acting as executive producer and directing several episodes. Can the Nathan Drake story finally be told? You will pardon us if we don't hold our breath just yet. As always, watch this space.