STRANGER THINGS Director Shawn Levy No Longer Attached To UNCHARTED Movie Starring Tom Holland
Video game adaptations of movies are a troublesome thing, but every now and then a team is assembled that sounds so good that you think maybe this will be the one to end the curse. That is how I felt when I saw that Shawn Levy was to direct Spider-Man‘s Tom Holland in an Uncharted movie. But Levy has left the project, and while stranger things have happened, this is still a bummer.
THR reports that Levy signed on to direct a “video game focused action comedy” starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Detective Pikachu), and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) will star in the movie called Free Guy expected to start shooting in April. Because of that, Levy has left Uncharted which is still very much in development.
If you want to know what lured Levy away from what is essentially Indiana Jones with Tom Holland, here is the plot synopsis from THR.
Free Guy centers on a background character who realizes he’s living in a video game. With the help of an avatar, he tries to prevent the makers of the game from shutting down his world.
So…yeah. Uncharted has always been ripe for a big screen adaptation – more so than most of the adaptations we have seen already. It’s in the same vein as Indiana Jones and National Treasure. Audiences love those kind of movies. People have been clamoring for a film adaptation ever since the first game came out. Nathan Fillion’s name was always thrown around due to his resemblance to the main character, Nathan Drake. In fact, Fillion made a short Uncharted fan film, which is excellent. If you want to see what this property has the potential to be, then watch the short film below.
I love Tom Holland, but I’ll take more of this please. Seriously though, if the Holland version nails the tone of this short film, it might be the one to finally break the video game movie curse.
As far as someone who can direct it, they need someone who can do adventure on a grand scale, with wit, humor, and action – all wrapped in an intelligent script that can keep audiences guessing. What are Lord and Miller up to?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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