‘Uncharted’ Loses Another Director As Travis Knight Exits

I blame myself. For a minute there I let myself get excited about the prospect of Uncharted actually moving forward with Bumblebee director Travis Knight, after years of directors and stars dropping out of the video game adaptation. Well, nope. Nope. Not happening. Knight is out, and the search for a new filmmaker is on.

Deadline has the news of Knight’s departure, and it basically boils down to scheduling conflicts with star Tom Holland. Holland will play adventure seeker Nathan Drake in the adaptation of Naughty Dog’s hit video game franchise. However, Holland has another, much bigger role coming up as some guy named…Spider-Man? Yeah, the third Spider-Man movie shoots next summer and that has required Sony to delay production on Uncharted. Unfortunately, Knight has his own shit going on and he had to jet. 

Fortunately, the film is keeping Holland, as well as Mark Wahlberg as Drake’s mentor, Sully. Wahlberg had originally been set to play Drake back in an earlier version of the project.  That’s how long they’ve been trying to make this damn thing.  Previous directors who have come and gone on Uncharted include David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, Dan Trachtenberg, and Shawn Levy.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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