After a bit of director tumult, the film adaptation of the critically acclaimed Uncharted video games has found a new writer to pen its origin story’s script. Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland will play young treasure hunter Nathan Drake as he and his surrogate father/miscreant mentor Sully (who has yet to be cast) begin their partnership as a pair of Indiana Joneses.
To help make this origin feel just as exciting and smarmy as the games themselves, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer and producer Rafe Judkins has hopped aboard as Uncharted's screenwriter, producer Charles Roven tells Deadline,
While the film’s first draft comes from The A-Team writer Joe Carnahan and Night at the Museum’s Shawn Levy is still set to direct, Judkins’ work on the Marvel show and superspy dramedy Chuck bodes well for the lighthearted adventure romps featured in the games, when Drake wasn’t busy climbing sheer rock walls or crashed trains.
Not much else from the in-development origin film is known, but Roven said that it won't adapt any one of the games and will feature Drake and his father in an earlier timeline. "It doesn’t take place during any of the time period of any of the Uncharted video games," he explained. "It actually takes place when Nathan Drake and Sully, I guess you’d call him his surrogate father, were much younger."
Still, with Judkins onboard, the change in scribe seems like a tonally correct move away from grisly action and toward wisecracking pulp. Besides, Judkins was a contestant on Survivor — a real-life adventuring game's gotta count for something, right?