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Director Shawn Levy likens ‘Uncharted’ movie to ‘Indiana Jones’


Recently, Canadian film director Shawn Levy discussed his upcoming movie adaptation of Naughty Dog’s hit action-adventure series, “Uncharted.” Levy compared his upcoming film to George Lucas’ “Indiana Jones.”

Naughty Dog has released a number of groundbreaking games over the course of three decades, one of them (“Uncharted”) was deemed to be so good that it warrants a film adaptation by both fans and critics. The game studio’s cinematic approach to the story and gameplay make it the perfect choice for a film adaptation.

The “Uncharted” movie will be helmed by “Real Steel” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” director Shawn Levy, with “The Grey” director Joe Carnahan writing the script, Screen Rant reported.


Earlier this year, Carnahan turned in his first draft of the “Uncharted” script, with filming originally planned to start this past spring. However, Sony Pictures recently decided to change the story after discussing the project with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actor Tom Holland.

Holland was the one who suggested that an origin story is made instead, with Sony Pictures casting him in the lead role of the young Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie adaptation of “Uncharted.”

As of this moment, there is still no word when the movie will go into production. The addition of Tom Holland as the main protagonist, although is great news to fans, will mean that production of the film will be on hold indefinitely, as Holland’s schedule is completely booked for the foreseeable future.

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Amid the issue regarding production date, Levy is still dedicated to the project and even has an idea of the type of movie that he wants to make. He discussed the cinematic potential for the “Uncharted” game franchise in an interview with Nerdist, adding his views on “Uncharted’s” draw to modern-day audiences, and why an origin story would work better than the straight video game adaptation that they had planned originally.

“So, for me, it was a fact that the game is awesome; the spirit of the game, with its action set pieces, it’s imaginative setting, and above all, the kind of rogue swagger of Nathan. Those are things that I think make a great movie.”

Levy also added that the kind of “aha moment” was when he met with Tom Holland and the actor kind of put it really succinctly and saying that doing an origin of Drake is something that fans have not seen as the plot of “Uncharted” parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Although there have been snippets of an origin of Sully and Drake meeting in the past, but this film adaptation may be an opportunity to do a treasure-hunting action movie with attitude, with a protagonist — and chapter of the protagonist’s life — that fans cannot get for free at home or by just playing the game.

Levy further continued by stating that they are trying to take the spirit, the tone, and the attitude of the game as well as apply it to a chapter in Drake’s life that fans have not been told yet. He hoped that they can get it right and that they can also turn “Uncharted” into an “Indiana Jones”-type franchise for an audience that did not grow up seeing the character created by George Lucas.


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