New Uncharted movie image released as PlayStation acknowledges cinematic push is a ‘risky’ venture
Sony also reportedly confirms there are no current plans to adapt God of War for film or TV
Sony has released a new image of the Uncharted movie featuring stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.
According to the New York Times, which first published the image, Sony is spending $120 million making the film, which is based on the PlayStation property created by Naughty Dog and launched in 2007.
Rather than following the plot of the games, which have sold over 41 million units, the movie tells a prequel story featuring Nathan Drake (Holland) as a young treasure hunter learning from his mentor Victor Sullivan (Wahlberg).
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Venom, Zombieland), the Uncharted movie is the first feature film from PlayStation Productions, a studio formed by Sony Interactive Entertainment to adapt its original game properties for film and television in partnership with Sony Pictures.
The division is headed up by veteran Sony marketeer Asad Qizilbash, who’s also head of product for PlayStation Worldwide Studios.
“We have three objectives,” he told the New York Times. “Grow audience size for games. Bring product to Sony Pictures. Showcase collaboration.”
When it was suggested that a cinematic flop could negatively impact the Uncharted game franchise, Qizilbash acknowledged: “It’s risky. But I think we can do it.”
The Uncharted film’s release date was recently delayed by six months to February 18, 2022.
PlayStation Productions is also working on a The Last of Us adaptation with HBO, a live-action Ghost of Tsushima movie helmed by John Wick director Chad Stahelski, and a Twisted Metal TV series from Deadpool’s writers, among other projects.
A Sony spokesperson reportedly told the New York Times that contrary to speculation, God of War isn’t set to be adapted for film or TV, at least not anytime soon.