When it comes to video games being adapted into films, the track-record is spotty at best. Although there have been some good ones released over the years, they are vastly outnumbered by bad adaptations. Adapting a video game always runs the risk of not being faithful to source material in attempting to create a good movie. It seems that director Dan Trachtenberg understands this as he has stated that he will not be copying the story in the PlayStation Uncharted game series.
According to Trachtenberg, doing a straight up adaption won’t be a good idea. Speaking to GamesRadar, Trachtenberg stated, “I have been approached with different versions of this tale and have always been not that interested in it because I didn’t really want to trace the game.”
He continued, “I didn’t really feel like it was at all worthy of making a video game adaption, if we’re just gonna copy what the game is and just serve people a lesser experience than what they’ve experienced in such an incredible way.” This makes sense since the new Uncharted movie will portray a younger Nathan Drake (who will be played by Tom Holland.)
This news has made some fans happy as some feel the film will be better if they don’t copy the games. It’s also nice to hear the confidence from Trachtenberg as it seems he is really passionate about this project. Most of the cast is still unknown with only Trachtenberg and Holland currently attached to project. This has caused some worry as the film is set to release on 18 December 2020.
Although video game films usually aren’t good, there is some hope that this film will come out well. Since Trachtenberg doesn’t want to copy the games, he can create something completely new and, perhaps, even a franchise of his own.
How do you feel about Trachtenberg’s approach to the Uncharted movie?