The Uncharted film is moving forward once more with a "totally rad" new director, so to speak. Dan Trachtenberg, director of 10 Cloverfield Lane and co-host of The Totally Rad Show podcast, will now head the adaptation of Sony's popular first-party franchise. Trachtenberg is an avid fan of video games and all around nerd, which is certain to bring a new level of faith to fans of Uncharted frustrated with the film's choppy production up to this point.
Trachtenberg will be the Uncharted film's fourth announced director, with the most recent departure of Real Steel director Shawn Levy being attributed to scheduling conflicts. The production under Trachtenberg will retain Spider-Man star Tom Holland, who will play a young Nathan Drake, as well as a script that's gone through several drafts and revisions up to this point.
As for when filming will begin, that remains a mystery. Holland is scheduled for a lengthy press tour for the late April release of Avengers: Endgame, so filming could tentatively begin once that's come to its conclusions. Yet as Uncharted's production so far has proven, anything can happen between now and then.
Trachtenberg's first full-length production and directorial debut was 10 Cloverfield Lane, a suspenseful sci-fi thriller loosely tied to the Cloverfield monster movie and brand. But prior to 10 Cloverfield Lane, Trachtenberg spent multiple years doing The Totally Rad Show podcast with Alex Albrecht and Jeff Cannata. The podcast ended right as Trachtenberg's film work took off.
Towards the end of The Totally Rad Show, Trachtenberg released a short film that would launch him into larger productions. Portal: No Escape was released in 2011, a fan-project based on Valve's popular Portal franchise. Soon after, Trachtenberg would be reported as attached to several major film productions including a sci-fi heist film for Universal and an adaptation of the Y: The Last Man comic series. Neither project would ultimately come to fruition.
Now Trachtenberg is back with Uncharted, though he's also done work on a superhero TV show named The Boys since 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane. All that's left to do is the work. Hopefully, the fourth director is the charm.
The Uncharted film is currently in production and has no announced release window.