Video game adaptations have a track record of not being very good. Whether it’s because of a weak script or just their attempts be too much like the source material, efforts to make them hits have been difficult. So hopefully, the long-awaited take on Uncharted starring Tom Holland and Mark Walhberg can break that cycle.
“Uncharted” has had a very troubled production history, with most of it being trapped in development hell as the film went through a constant rotation of writers and directors. In fact, it took nearly a decade to get to this point. And with the film finally set to hit theaters, we can finally see if director Ruben Fleischer’s take, using a new script from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, will live up to our expectations.
Based on the video game of the same name, “Uncharted” follows the story of Nathan Drake (Tom Holland), an adventurer seeking lost treasures of the past while also dealing with personal demons that continue to haunt him. With the help of his older mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg), they travel around the world to find new treasures. And the film acts as a prequel to the long running video game series.
Of course, there are a few slight nods to the video game itself, like the running through the town and the large cargo plane sequence. So it is interesting that it is being called a sequel despite that fact. That being said, even the plot is being kept under wraps, as noticed by the very vague description provided by Sony.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Uncharted:”
Based on one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed video game series of all time, Uncharted tells the story of Nathan Drake and his first adventure with rival-turned-partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as quick-witted, wise-cracking Sully, Uncharted will introduce audiences to how Nathan Drake becomes the treasure hunter as he unravels one of history’s greatest mysteries and treasures in an action-adventure epic that spans the globe.
So, it remains to be seen how the connections and mystery ties into the larger video game franchise. One thing is for sure, we will get to see a glimpse of how the Nathan Drake and Sully relationship was forged.
Sophia Taylor Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas star in supporting roles.
Sony has scheduled “Uncharted” for a February 18, 2022, release.