AceShowbiz - After months passed without any news about Sony's "Uncharted", Tom Holland posted on Instagram Stories a brief video featuring the title screen of "Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection" on PlayStation 4. The words on the video read, "For research purposes" with a smile emoji. Holland later removed the video, probably at Sony's request, but GameZone's Cade Ondor managed to save it.
Seems like Tom Holland is officially locked in as Nathan Drake, as of earlier this year it sounded like there was some question about it.
Could be filming in 2018? pic.twitter.com/kaMinvzypP— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) November 27, 2017
Before the Instagram video, Holland once revealed that he wanted to play the role of Nathan Drake in the film, but he wasn't sure if the idea was going to work out. "The idea is to make an origin story for Nathan Drake, something we haven't really seen since the games take place later in his life, but at the moment this is just a conversation. I sat down with Tom Rothman and we sort of came up with this idea, and I sat down with Shawn Levy to talk about this idea, and believe me, this is something I'm very passionate about, that I would love to do, but it just depends if it's going to work out," the actor told JOE in a video interview in July.
Despite his uncertainty about being involved in the project, it seems that a contract was signed and Holland was finally set to star as Nathan Drake. Because his character originates from video game, Holland should play the game to get in the right mindset of a young Nathan Drake. Holland's teaser could also indicate that the film is heading toward its production any time soon.
"Uncharted" has been in development for nearly a decade but never really came to a production. The film was actually close to realization when Mark Wahlberg was attached to star. But with the poor performance of "Assassin's Creed" and "Warcraft", Sony became unsure to move forward. However, they may want to take risk now that Warner Bros. and MGM are making "Tomb Raider" reboot that stars Alicia Vikander.
As long as the film can stay true to the source material, "Uncharted" may have a chance of winning the hearts of cinemagoers. A collaboration between writer Joe Carnahan ("The A-Team", "The Grey") and director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel", "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb") can also give some optimism that "Uncharted" will be a successful video game-based film.