As pre-production on Sony's planned live-action cinematic adaptation of its acclaimed Uncharted video game franchise continues, a fan-favorite director is reportedly in talks to helm the film.
Travis Knight, who previously directed last year's Bumblebee and the stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings, is negotiating with the studio to direct the production. Knight would replace Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), who departed from the production last month as the fourth intended director to drop out of helming the adaptation across its troubled development history.
Principal photography on the adaptation, starring Tom Holland, is expected to begin sometime in early 2020 to reach its announced release date of December 2020; it is currently unknown if Trachtenberg's departure and Knight's signing will maintain the same planned production schedule.
The Uncharted video game series follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake, with his friends Sully and Elena, that travel the globe to recover ancient artifacts that lead them to cross paths with pirates and other nefarious criminals in adventures that usually put the fate of the world in the balance.
Uncharted stars Tom Holland and is set to be released on Dec. 18, 2020.