The Long Development Hell of the 'Uncharted' Movie

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' star Tom Holland is the latest cast sign-up for troubled adaptation

Tom Holland will star in this year's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Credit: Marvel/Naughty Dog

Today Deadline is reporting that Spider-Man: Homecoming star – and recent viral 'Umbrella' lip syncer – Tom Holland has signed up for the part of a young Nathan Drake in Sony Pictures' Uncharted adaptation. It also reports the story will hark back to Uncharted 3, and Drake's first meeting with Sully. At this point, all you can do is wish the 20-year-old British actor luck, because the Uncharted film has had a troubled life so far.

When news of the Uncharted movie first surfaced in 2010, there was talk of Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci starring in a David O. Russell directed turn. "David is one of the best writer/directors I've ever worked with," Wahlberg told MTV in an interview. "The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we'll be making that movie this summer." All three eventually dropped out, with Wahlberg finally confirming his departure in the project in a 2016 interview.

In the following years, a number of actors were associated with the role. Destiny's Cayde-6, Nathan Fillion, threw his hat in the ring at Comic-Con 2011 and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester in Supernatural) was also rumored to be in the running – although this was primarily fueled by lists online of people speculating on who would be good for the part. In late 2014, it was revealed that Guardians Of The Galaxy and Jurassic Park star Chris Pratt had turned down the role, and since then, it's been all quiet on the casting front, until today's Holland report.

The search for a director has been similarly dramatic. In 2011, Neil Berger (the guy behind The Illusionist and Limitless) was hired to replace David O. Russell (who quit the project over creative differences) as writer and director, but dropped out to work on the Divergent movie instead.

In 2014, it was announced that Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, would take on the project. By 2015 he was out thanks to a "new creative direction," and in 2016, Sean Levy came on board as director. Levy is an exciting prospect (provided he sticks around) because his credits include Stranger Things, the much-loved Netflix series.

As for the script, Conan the Barbarian scribes Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (the 2011 one) penned the first draft, but Safe House writer David Guggenheim, Bad Boys 2 writers Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal have all contributed at various points. The screenplay was then in the hands of Joe Carnahan, who also wrote and directed The Grey and The A-Team, but Deadline says the studio is currently looking for yet another writer. At this point, if you're interested, it's probably just worth throwing your hat in the ring.

In the early days, Naughty Dog actually approached Superbad, Pineapple Express and Console Wars writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to work on the movie. "They’re constantly asking me and Evan to make the Uncharted movie,” Rogen told IGN in 2013. “It’s just going to be Indiana Jones,” added Goldberg. “If we could figure out a way to make it not Indiana Jones, it’d be awesome.”

Tom Holland is hot right now so confirmation he's on board along with Levy suggests that Sony is serious about giving the movie another chance. Light a candle and keep your fingers crossed this time around, and we might just have an Uncharted movie by 2020.