From Popular Game Franchise to the Screen: Tom Holland is Nathan Drake: A Look at the Upcoming Uncharted Movie
The popularity of video game franchises today is unparalleled. We often see iconic fictional characters like Lara Croft and Spider-Man make their way from the two- and three-dimensional world of consoles to the big screen. It is a fairly usual occurrence to see their respective game’s sales translate to movie tickets and box office hits. Which is why so many popular titles have followed suit. One of these is Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series.
Recently, various entertainment sites reported that Spider-Man: Homecoming star, Tom Holland, will play the role of a young Nathan Drake in an upcoming Uncharted film adaptation. On paper, Holland – with his boyish looks and his somewhat small frame – doesn’t exactly look like the part of a gun-slinging, tree-climbing, and treasure-hunting protagonist. However, IGN’s Terri Schwartz suggests he is “an inspired choice.”
The forthcoming video game-turned-movie will take its inspiration from a particular storyline in the third installment of the Uncharted series. Here, the story revolves around a slightly immature Nathan Drake and his first meeting with skilled rouge and savvy businessman, Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Shawn Levy, who famously directed the likes of Real Steel, The Internship, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, is set to lead the production.
For years, Sony Pictures has tried their best to get the Uncharted franchise on the big screen. Following a number of unsuccessful story pitches in the past, the film production company is now all set to pen a new draft of Nathan Drake’s story, a part of the character’s life that will highlight his progress as a treasure hunter. Which is why, it makes all the more sense why Tom Holland is the perfect choice for the part.
Tom Holland rose to fame by playing the role of Peter Parker in the latest iteration of the Spider-Man film franchise. With this impending movie, he is slated to join Alicia Vikander, who will play Lara Croft in a reboot of the Tomb Raider series, in terms of being a point of comparison to past versions. When all is said and done, despite the negative criticism, it’s more likely that motion pictures of this genre will enjoy relative box office success.
If history is anything to go by, it shows that adventure video games are sure fire, viable marketing vehicles. So, it is no wonder that many companies outside film and television have also turned to them, to further their respective brands. Leading European gaming company Betfair, for instance, have used the action genre and integrated it into its roster of games. Among its array of popular titles, it has the 'Daring Dave and the Eye of Ra' action slot game that features Indiana Jones-like elements. Fresh games like this add a new dynamic to the genre, as well as help heighten popularity across most media platforms.
All in all, for Sony Pictures, the jury is still out on whether or not the upcoming adventure movie Uncharted will benefit from this recurring theme in video gaming and filmmaking. We are guessing that fans will just have to wait and see. For more movie and television news, as well as pop culture tidbits, keep up to date with the breaking news here on The Fan Carpet.