Just a few weeks ago, we were forced to drag the ol' Uncharted Movie Timeline (originally started by BMD Gaming Editor Andrew Todd) out of storage following the news that Travis Knight, the sixth director hired to take on Sony's long-gestating video game adaptation, had left the project over "scheduling difficulties". Well, guess what we're here to do today?
- Early 2008: development starts under producer Avi Arad and Sahara writers Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
- June 2009: The Uncharted movie is first announced to the public.
- October 2010: David O. Russell is set to write and direct the movie.
- November 2010: Mark Wahlberg cast as series protagonist Nathan Drake, angering fans, who near-universally want Drake's doppelganger Nathan Fillion; he claims Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci will co-star.
- May 2011: David O. Russell drops out.
- July 2011: Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent) steps in for Russell.
- August 2012: Neil Burger drops out; Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (National Treasure) are assigned to do a rewrite.
- February 2014: Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is hired to direct, from yet another script by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Production is set to begin in early 2015, with a June 2016 release date.
- November 2014: Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) is hired to write a movie called Uncharted; Chris Pratt is revealed to have turned the movie down, citing the proposed contract, which would hold him "until production finishes or the heat death of the universe, whichever comes first."
- April 2015: David Guggenheim's script leaks as part of the infamous Sony hack.
- June 2015: Seth Gordon quits over creative differences and "third degree development-hell burns".
- August 2015: Sony announces a new release date of June 30, 2017.
- July 2016: Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Smokin' Aces) hired to write a new script "to bring the pile to a nice round ten metres tall".
- September 2016: Uncharted vanishes from Sony's release schedule.
- October 2016: Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) hired to direct.
- January 2017: Carnahan's script is completed.
- May 2017: Spider-Man's Tom Holland becomes the latest choice for Nathan Drake - specifically, a young Nathan Drake.
- January 2018: Rafe Judkins (Agents of SHIELD) hired to perform a rewrite.
- July 2018: Fan favourite Nathan Fillion releases an Uncharted fan film, starring himself as Nathan Drake. It does not count as an Uncharted movie.
- December 2018: Shawn Levy quits, citing the need to "give the next sucker a turn spinning the wheels."
- August 2019: Dan Trachtenberg walks away from the Uncharted movie thanks to "creative differences".
- September 2019: Travis Knight is hired to direct the Uncharted movie.
- December 2019: Travis Knight leaves the Uncharted movie thanks to "scheduling difficulties".
- January 2019: Ruben Fleischer is rumored to be Sony's new top pick to direct the Uncharted movie.
Yes, that's right - according to a report that made the rounds over the weekend, Venom and Zombieland: Double Tap director Ruben Fleischer is currently Sony's top pick to helm this seemingly cursed production. If he accepts the gig, he would become the seventh director to take a run at this project. Will he take the job? Will he keep the job for more than a few weeks? Who will become the eighth director to tackle the Uncharted movie?
Stay tuned to find out.