Shawn Levy, the director of the upcoming Uncharted movie, has revealed that he wants it to be Indiana Jones for a new, younger, generation of filmgoers.
The Uncharted movie’s been in development for quite a while now. Originally, David O. Russell was on board to write and direct the movie adaption of one of the world’s most popular PlayStation video game series. He then dropped out and was replaced by Neil Burger who subsequently dropped out of the project in order to direct another film. It was later revealed that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had been approached on multiple occasions to write the script, yet they turned the many offers down.
However, Shawn Levy was recently announced to be helming the Uncharted movie, with Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland set to star as a young Nathan Drake, which was very exciting news indeed. They’ll be working from a script written by The Grey and The A-Team’s director, Joe Carnahan.
During an interview with Nerdist, Shawn Levy discussed his upcoming Uncharted movie. The conversation initially covered Stranger Things Season 2, of which he is a producer as well as having directed a few episodes of Season 1. Yet Levy was asked to comment on the Uncharted film, which he described as a “treasure hunting film with attitude,” and went on to say: “It’s a Drake chapter that hasn’t been told … an Indiana Jones story for a generation that didn’t grow up on Indiana Jones.”
“I met with Tom Holland and he put it really succinctly,” Levy continued. “If we do the origin of Drake, that hasn’t been done before.” Holland’s casting as Drake seems to point at this movie being less an adaptation of the video game, and more a film inspired by the source material, which could very well be the best way to tackle the movie version of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. The original games are already so cinematic that it seems a bit pointless just doing a straight movie adaptation. Instead, Levy, Carnahan and Holland are looking to use the game’s main character and turn him into an Indiana Jones for the younger generation.
I say, ‘bring it on!” If Indian Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull proved anything, it’s that we need a fresh-faced explorer/treasure hunter and Shia LaBeouf is not that person. It’ll be interesting to see how the film fares against the Alicia Vikander led Tomb Raider reboot. Perhaps we’re on the brink of a new age in treasure hunter movies.