While it had previously seemed like the Uncharted adaptation was moving forward as the Bad Boys 3 director had signed on to write the script, the movie may now be dead. Exhibitor Relations on Twitter revealed that Sony had taken Uncharted off of their release calendar.
Most films that get their release date moved get a TBA status until a new date is decided upon, but Uncharted has simply been removed altogether.
Insert Pac-Man dying SFX here. Sony's video game adaptation of UNCHARTED, set for 6/30/17, has been removed from their release calendar.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) September 1, 2016
Whether or not the film is completely cancelled or not is up in the air as this information comes into contrast with the screenwriter’s own remarks the same day.
The opening scene for UNCHARTED…at least in script form, is really, REALLY GOOD.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) September 2, 2016
It would be odd for the screenwriter of a dead film to speak about the strength of the script the same day it was moved out of Sony’s release calendar. However it is possible that Carnahan is trying to rally fan support for the project so that his draft wasn’t simply a waste of time.
The project has no director or actors attached but was set for a June 30th, 2017 release. Principal photography was originally even supposed to begin this year, but various delays and changes have pushed the film further and further.
Uncharted is based on the hit PlayStation game of the same name which follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a character heavily inspired by Lara Croft.