Even in this era of action-packed, cinematically charged triple-A video games, few titles are as ideal for film adaptation as Uncharted – or any of the developer Naughty Dog‘s other recent releases. (The Last of Us will soon be adapted into an HBO series starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay.) With Tom Holland as a younger, fresher version of series protagonist Nathan Drake, and Marky-Mark Wahlberg as mentor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, they’ve gone an intriguing tack with the action-adventure game’s cinematic adaption.
In their latest issue, which features Uncharted on the cover, magazine Total Film has released a handful of images from the upcoming tent pole – and they’re about as exotic as one might expect from a swashbuckling, map-traversing adventure flick.
Total Film has revealed a few photographs from the forthcoming tentpole Uncharted in their newest edition, which puts the film on the cover – and they’re about as alien as one could expect from a swashbuckling, map-traversing adventure film.
In one, Holland’s Drake stands quizzically in what looks to be a Very Spooky Cave, pointing a flaming torch to an off-screen item. (They don’t want to give anything away!) Sophia Ali, who plays the muddy boots of series regular Chloe Frazer, another skilled treasure hunter, joins him. The second gives Drake a Tony Stark-like playboy swagger by putting him at the helm of a flashy speedboat while dressed in a tight, similarly pricey white shirt. Cue that Lonely Island tune, which we instantly began humming.
According to Total Film, Holland was instrumental in getting the movie off the ground after it had been stuck in development purgatory for years. He even assisted in the search for filmmaker Ruben Fleischer:
"Some of [the directors] came in, and had ideas that we didn’t like, that just didn’t fit the characters, and we had to move on to other people. We took inspiration from everyone. There were very different variations of Drake and very different variations of Sully. Some people preferred to make the game, some people wanted to make it completely different to the game. It was an interesting process – one that I wouldn’t like to be in again. It’s quite stressful looking for a director."
Fleischer is best known for directing two previous Sony films, Venom (2018) and Zombieland: Double Tap (2019). In an interview with Total Film, he claims that his long-standing friendship with the studio helped him get the director’s chair for the Holland-led swashbuckler. In mid-March 2020, principal photography began. “I was firing on all cylinders from a production standpoint,” the director says. “I was just really in the rhythm of making movies.”
Check out the fresh, exclusive photos below the jump. Uncharted will hit cinemas on 11 of February.