Bryan Cranston May Be Cast In Uncharted Movie
The actor is up for a role in the video game adaptation!
Sully Might Be Played By Bryan Cranston In Uncharted Film!
Actor Bryan Cranston is up for a key role in the upcoming Uncharted video game-to-film adaptation, according to That Hashtag Show. Most likely he'll be portraying Victor "Sully" Sullivan in the film. In the games, Sully is main character Nathan Drake's closest friend and ally. However, Cranston could also be playing the villain in the film or another role altogether. Tom Holland is set to play a young Nathan Drake, and this movie will be more of an origin story for the character. There are four games in the PlayStation series which started back in 2007 with Drake's Fortune, continued with Among Thieves in 2009 and Drake's Deception in 2011, and ended in 2016 with A Thief's End. A prequel game Golden Abyss came out in 2011 with spin-offs Fight For Fortune and The Lost Legacy released in 2012 and 2017.
Film producer Avi Arad has stated that he is working with a division of Sony to develop the film adaptation of Uncharted back in 2011. The film was at first to be written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer and produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner. As of June 30, 2009, it was confirmed that the Uncharted film had been in development for the last year-and-a-half with Nathan Fillion interested in playing Nathan Drake. On October 8, 2010, it was announced that David O. Russell had been set to write and direct Columbia Pictures' Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, an action-adventure based upon the first game in the series. The film would be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, and Alex Gartner.
On November 24, 2010, Mark Wahlberg told MTV that David O. Russell was currently writing the script and was excited for what he had in store, hoping to shoot in the middle of 2011. Wahlberg stated, "I'm obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It's not going to be the watered-down version, that's for sure." However, by May 26, 2011, it was reported that David O. Russell had dropped out from directing the video game film, and that Neil Burger was stepping in for David O. Russell. Burger dropped out in 2012 to work on another film and the studio hired the husband and wife team of Marianne and Cormac Wibberley to rewrite the film. Deadline reported on February 4, 2014, that Seth Gordon would direct the film with the latest script being written by David Guggenheim, but in November of 2014, the studio hired Mark Boal to write the film. After Wahlberg, Chris Pratt was in talks to portray Nathan Drake, but he reportedly declined the offer. On June 24, 2015 Seth Gordon left the project over creative differences.
Variety reported on July 29, 2016, that Joe Carnahan will write the draft of the film's script, but the film was removed from Sony's release calendar due to not having a director or cast. Director Shawn Levy on October 25, 2016 was announced to be directing the Uncharted movie. Carnahan told Collider that he and Levy are knowledgeable about the game, and have been hard at work getting the characters right. In early January 2017, Carnahan posted a photo on his Instagram to show that the script of the film had been completed. Tom Holland is the only actor officially cast so far. Filming is set to begin in early 2018 for a release date sometime in 2019.