Dan Trachtenberg will no longer direct Sony’s Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland, while PlayStation Productions has come on to produce.
The studio confirmed Trachtenberg’s departure Thursday. It also said the Sony-based PlayStation Productions — headed by Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan — had come on to produce alongside Chuck Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad. The screenplay was/will be written by the team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Rafe Judkins.
The Uncharted games follow Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries. The series began with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, released on the PlayStation 3 in 2007. These games were created by developer Naughty Dog and published by PlayStation, and have sold over 41 million copies to date.
Trachtenberg directed 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and received a Directors Guild of America nomination for best first-time director on a feature film. Sony said Thursday that Trachtenberg remains a “valued” director at the studio, where he recently just directed the pilot for The Boys. The news about him leaving Uncharted was first reported by Deadline.
The Uncharted movie continues to run in circles, though PlayStation Productions’ arrival may ensure that something will come if they’re really serious about it. The games are basically just long Indiana Jones films anyways, so once a director is nailed down and a screenplay is written, actually making the thing should be a straight shot. If any more developments comes along, we’ll let you know.