Sony Exec #1: Look, we need to make more movies based on video games.
Sony Exec #2: LOL. Did you not see the returns on Assassin’s Creed, or pretty much any video game movie in the past 20 years? It’s dead, son!
Sony Exec #1: I don’t care! I just want to make money.
Sony Exec #2: Which is why I brought up how much money they don’t make.
Sony Exec #1: Shut up and get me that kid from Spider-Man!
Sony Exec #2: Which one? Just kidding!
Sony Pictures is bullish enough on its upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland that the studio is doubling down on the young actor by building a second major franchise around him. Holland is attaching to star in Uncharted, in what will be redrafted as a prequel to the treasure hunting action story line in the Naughty Dog video game for PlayStation. Shawn Levy is directing a film that will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third iteration of the video game that focused on the young thief Drake, and his first encounter with the professional rogue, Sullivan. This reformulation of the franchise was an inspiration of Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman after seeing the latest cut of the Spider-Man film, sources said. The studio has tried for years with various directors to get this video game to launch a franchise, with past scripts from Joe Carnahan, David Guggenheim and Eric Warren Singer. Sony Pictures will now set a new scribe to draft the story line that captures the protagonist as he grows into the treasure hunter Nathan Drake who made the game a top seller. Uncharted is produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad.
Sony got a young up-and-coming star, a pretty sweet director, and a major video game franchise. What could possibly go wrong? Don’t answer that.