Tom Holland’s Pitch for a Young 007 Movie Turned Into Uncharted
Tom Holland has revealed that he once pitched Sony a young James Bond movie, which opened the door for Uncharted.
During an interview with Total Film, the 25-year-old Uncharted star revealed the reason we’re getting an Uncharted video game movie.
“I had a meeting, after or during Spider-Man [Far From Home], with Sony to pitch this idea of a young Bond film that I’d come up with,” he explained. “It was the origin story of James Bond. It didn’t really make sense. It didn’t work. It was the dream of a young kid, and I don’t think the Bond estate were particularly interested.”
Although Sony passed on Tom’s young James Bond, they must have seen some promise.
Instead, the studio began conversations for the upcoming Uncharted movie.
“The idea of a young Bond film sparked this idea, in turn, that you could do a Nathan Drake story as an origin story, rather than as an addition to the games,” he said. “And that opened a conversation.”
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Uncharted is based on the popular PlayStation video game franchise, with a script from Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway. An origin story of sorts, Uncharted tells the story of Nathan Drake’s first treasure hunting adventure.
Sadly, despite showing off his bartending skills in the first Uncharted trailer, it looks as though Holland won’t be having his martinis shaken, not stirred.
Uncharted features Tom Holland as the Nathan Drake, alongside Mark Wahlberg as his legendary sidekick, Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Although little is known about the film’s plot, there has been plenty of speculation about whether Sully will sport his iconic mustache in the movie.
Thankfully, a new trailer has confirmed it – showing the moustacmustachehe in action in all its resplendent glory.
Alongside Holland and Wahlberg, the Uncharted cast also includes Sophia Ali as a fellow treasure hunter and love interest Chloe Frazer, Tati Gabrielle as Braddock, and Antonio Banderas as the film’s currently unnamed (but presumably badass) villain.
Uncharted will debut in theaters on February 18, 2022.
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