Venom director Ruben Fleischer is reportedly the front-runner to direct the Uncharted movie.
While a deal has yet to be struck, Variety claims Fleischer is Sony’s preferred choice and the job is his if he wants it.
Fleischer’s directing credits also include Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad and Zombieland: Double Tap.
Six directors have previously been attached to the Uncharted film including Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) Seth Gordon (Baywatch) and most recently Travis Knight (Bumblebee).
The Uncharted movie had been scheduled to enter production in early 2020 ahead of a December 18 release date, but it was reportedly delayed because its star Tom Holland is due to shoot the next Spider-Man movie this summer.
Rather than following the plot of the games, which have sold over 41 million units, the Uncharted film will tell a prequel story featuring Nathan Drake (Holland) as a young treasure hunter learning from his mentor Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg).
The Uncharted movie is the first feature production of 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 recent departure from Sony.