After years of directors coming on and dropping off the Uncharted movie, Shawn Levy is ready to start filming next year. Sadly for Mark Wahlberg fans, it won’t be with him.
The actor was once attached to play Nathan Drake, a self-proclaimed descendant of historic explorer Sir Francis Drake and a bit of a rogue adventurer himself. That was back when David O. Russell (American Hustle) was linked to the director’s chair, but the project has since gone through many phases of filmmakers, including Neil Burger (the Divergent franchise) and Seth Gordon (Baywatch). Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were even said to have been approached to pen a draft of the screenplay.
It was generally presumed that Wahlberg had also fallen off Uncharted, but the actor confirmed during an interview with We Got This Covered that, “As of now, no, I’m not attached.” Someone should really tell Nathan Fillion, who at one point campaigned for the role.
Uncharted, consisting of four video games, follows Nathan on his many adventures to find legendary riches. Given his ancestry, he’s most commonly chased after items and locations linked to Drake. In the first game, Drake’s journals led him to El Dorado. In the third, Drake’s ring set him on a mission to find the lost city of Iram of the Pillars, mentioned in the Quran.
Levy told Collider during an IMAX screening Q&A for Real Steel:
I think it’s largely a popularly accepted notion that it’s as cinematic a game as we’ve had, maybe ever, certainly of late. And it’s cinematic in that it’s not only wildly visual, but it’s really rooted in character and a very specific tone and a sense of fun, right? When is the last great, fun, fucking action-dynamic, treasure-hunting movie? Right? It’s not Indiana Jones, it’s not National Treasure; it’s very specific, it’s all kind of anchored in Nathan’s tone.
Joe Carnahan is working on the screenplay and he described the film as “very anti-Indy.”