Unfortunately, Sony Pictures has confirmed that the live-action Uncharted movie has been delayed yet again, getting pushed back a whole three months from its December 2020 release date. Naturally, that means we won’t be seeing it until 2021, which is undoubtedly a crushing blow for Uncharted fans. The release date has been pushed all the way back until March 5th of 2021, which is just another mark on the record of a movie that has been fluttering in and out of development since as early as 2008.
According to reports, a major reason for this delay is due to the production considering the December 2020 deadline untenable after they recently lost their director. Director Travis Knight was the sixth director put in charge of the project in twelve years, but he had to call it quits due to conflicts with the schedule of leading man Tom Holland of Spider-Man renown. Rumor has it that Ruben Fleischer, director of Venom and Zombieland, may replace Knight as director for this film.
Some of the other directors that have been in charge of the wayward project over the past few years include Dan Trachtenberg, who Knight replaced, and Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy.
Despite rumors, there has yet to be any confirmation as to who will definitely be placed in charge of the film now that Knight has retired from the position, but regardless of who gets the role, they will be the 7th director put in charge of the film, having to work on a story that is not an adaptation of the games themselves. And considering how many directors we’ve gone through already, it’s pretty safe to assume that we should take any information regarding the movie with a little dubiousness; after all, with so many changes in leadership, nearly everything else is subject to change on a whim, including cast and plot. That said, the current movie plot focuses on a young Drake before the events of the first Uncharted game.
Regardless of all of this, we can simply hope that this is the last time the Uncharted movie gets delayed. But seeing as how it’s practically been delayed over the course of a decade, one would also be forgiven for assuming we won’t see the film on the big screen for several more years. Here’s hoping that pessimism has no basis in reality.
In addition, it seems that the Coronavirus pandemic will not affect the release of this film, unlike other popular features like The Black Widow film from Marvel.