After many stops and starts it seems like the film adaptation of Sony’s “Uncharted” film franchise is finally on the way with the recent hiring of Shawn Levy to direct from a script that Joe Carnahan is currently writing.
The big hiring though that fans are already debating though is the casting of the franchise’s beloved hero and treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Levy tells Collider this week that though he’s aware of who fans want to see as Drake, it’s not going to influence his decision:
“The studio and the producers [are] talking about who feels right to us and to me. I’ve been pitched everyone.
God bless you, Twitter, but I made a joke that, ‘You’re saving me the money of hiring a casting director, Twitter,’ because from Nikolaj [Coster-Waldau] to Oscar Isaac, [Nathan] Fillion, everyone that you would, [Chris] Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Pine, I mean the suggestions are… It’s every actor who is ruggedly handsome, which is to say every movie star, and who looks anything like the square-jawed, chiseled-featured Drake.
I’m not actually going to base my casting on Twitter suggestions. Maybe I’ve even said the name in this room; who knows? Eventually, if people keep suggesting ideas and actors, one of them will prove to be true. We’re very hard at work on the script right now.”
One thing Levy says he wants to avoid is someone who could be the next Indiana Jones as he wants to move the franchise away from the comparisons, something that Carnahan has also indicated as well. Levy says:
“Indiana Jones, people compare Uncharted to it because both are treasure-hunting movies, but Indy was academic, there was nobility and a kind of well-intentioned … he actually was heroic whereas Drake, the last thing he would ever call himself or be called is heroic.
If he has heroic qualities within him, they’re in spite of his rogue nature. So maybe from a million miles away it’ll have those Indy elements, but it’s very much a much grittier, more naturalistic, real-world, contemporary.”
One name not mentioned by Levy but has been suggested by fans recently is “Dredd” and “Star Trek” alum Karl Urban. Shooting on the “Uncharted” film kicks off late spring/early summer next year for a mid-2018 release.