Naughty Dog Announces The Last of Us Movie and Uncharted Release Date
It may not have a script or cast and may be on its third director but that doesn’t mean that Sony Pictures isn’t charging ahead with the movie adaptation of Sony Computer Entertainment’s flagship Uncharted franchise. At Comic Con last weekend, Sony announced the latest plans for Naughty Dog on the big screen which includes an adaptation of The Last of Us.
While the script is still being rewritten and the cast has yet to be assembled, Sony Pictures has announced that Uncharted will be released on June 10, 2016. To coincide with this target, the plan is to start filming next year and get the film out in just under 23 months from now.
As part of the 2016 lineup shuffle, Sony Pictures will move The Amazing Spider-Man 3 from summer 2016 to 2018. Nathan Drake isn’t the only replacement for Spider-Man as Sony will also run The Sinister Six, a movie about six of Spider-Man’s biggest villains.
And in case you wanted more reason to be concerned, the currently attached director is Seth Gordon. If you haven’t heard of him, you won’t be alone. Gordon’s has directed a few movies, the most critically acclaimed of which is Horrible Bosses, as wells as episodes of Community, Modern Family and The Office. He’s also been at the helm of some absolute duds like Identity Thief and Four Christmases along with episodes of The Goldbergs and Breaking In.
When you consider that Uncharted previously had David O. Russel (of The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle fame) and Neil Burger (of far less fame), you can see why I’d be a little worried. Sony has traded in a directing superstar and a competent hand for a one-hit wonder comedy director. Well, at least there’s always Netflix.
Elsewhere at Comic Con, producer Sam Raimi and game/movie writer Neil Druckmann talked about their plans for The Last of Us movie. No, that shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. Every popular game seems to be discussed as a candidate for a movie adaptation. Considering how many dozens, if not hundreds, of Game of the Year, Best Story and Best Performance/Voice Acting awards The Last of Us got, this movie adaptation should be the least surprising in history.
While no details about the film, including a release date, were discussed with Comic Con attendees, Raimi and Druckmann said that they’ve already met with Maisie Williams (Arya Stark of Game of Thrones) to talk about the project and it sounds like it went well.