The long-in-development Uncharted film, starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wallberg as Sully, has again been delayed.
Sony announced on Friday that the film had been pushed back yet again from its December 18, 2020 release to March 5, 2021.
This recent delay will push the film back an entire five years from its originally scheduled launch of June 10th, 2016, and comes following the departure of the film’s fifth director Dan Trachtenberg over creative differences.
The Uncharted Movie has languished incomplete development hell over the last six or seven years, with Sony unable to get the project off the ground since its announcement. The production has had a whole laundry list of people attached to it from Seth Rogan to Robert De Niro.
Despite five directors taking a stab at the Naughty Dog IP starting with Dave O. Russel and including Neil Berger, the property has yet to move beyond pre-production, each one crediting some form of creative difference for the departure.
Similarly, the treasure hunter himself has gone through various faces and ages through the production. Original fan-favorite Nathan Fillian, who played Drake in the fan film Uncharted – Live Action Fan film was passed up as Sony wanted someone younger.
The role was offered and turned down by Chris Pratt before falling to the younger Tom Holland as the film was set to be a prequel showing a younger version of the treasure hunter. With Mark Wallberg, who was at one point set to play the leading role, being cast as a young Victor Sullivan.
Sony’s production of a third Spider-Man movie, also starring Tom Hollard, which is rumored to shoot this summer, is the main reason for the production being pushed back. With the company aiming for a winter shoot, the latest director to be attached to the project is Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland fame.
Uncharted’s developers Naughty Dog released The Lost Legacy, a spin-off featuring the character Chloe Frazer The Lost Legacy in 2017. The team is currently working on The Last of Us: Part 2, which will release on May 29, 2020.