Tom Rothman. If you pay close attention to genre filmmaking, then you’re probably right to be concerned when you hear that name. This is the guy that “didn’t get” Deadpool, and put it on the shelf for years. This is the guy that ordered the original X-Men and Fantastic Four be made on shoe-string budgets (so far as superhero movies are concerned) and offered no support from the studio. And this is the guy that oversaw not just one, but two crap-tacular Alien Vs. Predator movies. And now he’s had another bright idea: Let’s make an Uncharted movie about a young Nathan Drake!
Deadline is reporting that Rothman got inspired after seeing the latest cut of Spider-Man: Homecoming; both the superhero franchise and the video game-inspired treasure hunting adventure flick are under the Sony umbrella. So Rothman had the bright idea: make Spider-Man Nathan Drake. Or rather make Tom Holland a young Nathan Drake in a kind of Uncharted “Origins” that will chronicle how street thief Drake meets his mentor “professional rogue” Sully, and the two become partners in the treasure hunting business. Previously, the movie adaptation was to be more inline with the games – focusing on an older more experienced Drake with an actor like Mark Wahlberg or Nathan Fillion in the lead – but Rothman thinks going younger will dislodge the project from development hell.
This move is not without precedence. Presently, a new version of Tomb Raider is in production starring Alicia Vikander as a young and inexperienced Lara Croft on her first adventure, but unlike that movie, this prequel will not be directly based on any pre-existing material. As for what’s going on behind the scenes, Shawn Levy signed on to direct last fall, and looks to be remaining with the project, but screenwriter Joe Carnahan will be moving on and a new writer will be brought in to realize the prequel concept. Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad are still onboard as producers. Filming was supposed to begin sometime this spring, but when production will begin now is anyone’s guess.
We’ll have more news about this project as it becomes available. In the meantime, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the inspiring performance of Tom Holland, will be in theatres everywhere on July 7.