After years of false starts and an ever-changing series of directors, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted is finally coming to a theater near you.
Sony has set a June 10, 2016 release date for Nathan Drake’s first big-screen adventure, a date that once belonged to The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Disappointing box office numbers for Marc Webb’s sequel has the studio pushing the third entry in the series back to 2018.
Spidey’s loss is Drake’s (and gamers’) gain. The wildly popular Sony PlayStation video game series has spawned three entries to date (with a fourth announced), and follows main character Nathan Drake as he hunts treasure and becomes embroiled in a series of Indiana Jones-esque adventures.
The feature had a rocky development cycle that featured multiple directors (David O. Russell and Neil Burger) eventually bailing on the project. Seth Gordon is now attached. There’s also been fan outrage concerning who, exactly, should be playing Nathan Drake. Russell’s version had Mark Wahlberg in the lead role (which would have been disastrous), while fans have clamored for Firefly’s Nathan Fillion for years.
The film currently has no star attached, but with a release date now locked in and plans to start shooting next year, expect that role to be filled shortly. I can’t see Fillion getting the part, but someone like Chris Pratt or maybe even Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles could work. [via GameSpot]
In other game-related movie news, Agent 47 is set to return to the big screen in Hitman: Agent 47 – a sequel to the 2007 vehicle that found Timothy Olyphant playing the master assassin with a barcode tattooed on the back of his skull.
Olyphant is out for the sequel, and Homeland’s Rupert Friend has now donned 47’s sharp black suit. To celebrate the changing of the guard, the production has released the first photo of Friend in character.
All in all, he looks the part. Hitman: Agent 47 will sneak into theaters next February. Can it top the $100 million box office haul of the original? [via Comic Book Movie]
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