The long-gestating film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s adventure video game franchise Uncharted is reportedly back on, with a new director being brought on board.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy, whose directing credits include several episodes of Netflix’s Stranger Things, as well as Real Steel and the Night at the Museum films, has joined the production. He will join writer and director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey), who is penning the film’s script, after it was reported in July that he would “love” to direct as well but will not due to scheduling conflicts.
While the Uncharted franchise has been wildly successful for Sony as a video game property, the film has had a very difficult time getting off the ground. In the works since 2009, the project has seen several directors come and go, most notably David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), who was planning to cast Mark Wahlberg in the lead role of series protagonist Nathan Drake, as well as Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in unspecified roles.
No other Uncharted news has been announced, but then again, we had kind of assumed that project was dead and gone, so it’s good to see that Sony has found a new director. Maybe the film will actually get made one day after all!