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The Uncharted movie looks to have finally entered production over a decade after it was first announced.
Star Tom Holland shared a shot of what appears to be his cast chair with the name “Nate” on it, via Instagram on Wednesday, alongside the message: “Day one #uncharted.”
Update: Sony Pictures Entertainment has told GamesRadar that while shooting has not yet started, the film crew is preparing to do so and “hoping to start soon.”
Original story continues: The Uncharted movie has suffered numerous delays, most recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but previously due to scheduling conflicts and multiple directorial changes.
Ruben Fleischer (Venom, Zombieland) took the reins earlier this year, following in the footsteps of six other directors attached to the film including Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) and Travis Knight (Bumblebee).
Rather than following the plot of the games, which have sold over 41 million units, the movie will tell a prequel story featuring Nathan Drake (Holland) as a young treasure hunter learning from his mentor Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg).
The movie’s cast also reportedly includes Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle.
Currently scheduled for release on July 16, 2021, 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.
PlayStation Productions is headed up by veteran Sony marketeer Asad Qizilbash and was being overseen by former SIE chairman of worldwide studios, Shawn Layden, before his departure from Sony last year.
The first TV series from PlayStation Production will be an HBO adaptation of The Last of Us, co-written and executive produced by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann, the creative director of the game series and the co-director of Uncharted 4.