31 Dec – Just last August, the Tom Holland-starring "Uncharted" was looking for a new director following Dan Trachtenberg's exit.
Now it looks like the project is going back to square one as his replacement is also reportedly leaving.
Travis Knight was announced as the new helmer back in September but due to scheduling conflicts, he might have to step down, Deadline is reporting.
Interestingly, it's star Tom Holland's schedule that's causing the clash issue here. The movie was originally slated to begin filming in early 2020 but now that Holland is reprising his role as the titular superhero in the MCU's third "Spider-Man" movie, which also starts filming next year, "Uncharted" will have to make way for the latter.
Knight's departure isn't confirmed but it is very likely that the delay might cost the movie his involvement as he would have to focus on his other upcoming projects.
Despite all this, Sony will still move forward with the movie, possibly moving it to a new release date while searching for 'lucky number seven'. (There were five directors who'd come and go prior to Knight, who will be the sixth to leave if he really does exit the project).
Holland will still star, alongside Mark Wahlberg. The latter was supposed to be the one playing the main role before Holland took over after it was changed to a younger character, but Wahlberg then rejoined the project in a different role last month.
"Uncharted", based on a video game, follows Holland as treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who uncovers historical mysteries in his adventures across the globe, while Wahlberg plays businessman Victor "Sully" Sullivan, Drake's mentor and father figure of sorts.
If Knight were to leave "Uncharted", he would still be directing Wahlberg, albeit in a different movie, as the two are also working on "Six Billion Dollar Man", another movie that has long been in gestation.