Sony Pictures has announced they’ll be moving the theatrical release date of their upcoming Uncharted movie from December 18th of this year to March 5th, 2021. 

The project would see Spider-Man’s Tom Holland playing the role of young Nathan Drake alongside Transformers’ Mark Wahlberg as a younger version of Sully. 

This moves the video game action-adventure film out of the path of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and possibly gives them time to find a brand new director after the recent exit of Bumblebee’s Travis Knight. 

Venom’s Ruben Fleischer has been reported as a top contender to replace Knight as the film’s director and if he were to join the project would end up becoming the seventh director to get involved with Uncharted. Others include David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Neil Burger (Limitless), Joe Carnahan (A-Team), Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Free Guy), Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), and Travis Knight (Bumblebee) previously exited.

Dune is expected to gather some steam over the year once people start getting more of a glimpse of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi space opera, which helped to directly inspire George Lucas’ Star Wars on many fronts. There is an expectation that Warner Bros. will showcase some early Dune footage at CinemaCon 2020, ahead of a possible San Diego Comic-Con presentation. 

Sony moving out of its path during a holiday release seems to be a wise move even if accidental. 

However, Uncharted’s new release date seems to come at the cost of Sony’s Masters of The Universe remake as that film originally had that spot. We still don’t have concrete answers about the status of their Masters of The Universe movie and if that film is even getting made after rewrites were announced along with production delays. 

Tom Holland will be reprising the Peter Parker role soon with Spider-Man 3 (directed by Jon Watts) set to begin shooting this summer.

SOURCE: SONY PICTURES

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