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Uncharted movie delays production due to coronavirus

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The perpetually unlucky Uncharted film is being delayed due to the spread of novel coronavirus. According to Variety (opens in new tab), the film was set to begin shooting in Berlin, Germany, in April – but executives have halted pre-production for at least six weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While it is certainly the right move to halt production in the face of this global health crisis, it's a rather unfortunate turn of events for a film that can't seem to catch a break. The as-yet-untitled take on the wildly popular video game series has had six different directors join and leave the project, including Stranger Things' Shawn Levy and 10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg. Until recently, it was unclear if the film was ever going to actually happen.

As we recently reported (opens in new tab), Venom (opens in new tab)'s Ruben Fleischer is the seventh (and hopefully final) director tied to the film, which will star Spider-Man's Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Tati Gabrielle, and Sophia Allen. It was set to hit theaters on March 5, 2021, but it's likely this pre-production delay will affect that.

Holland has openly praised the Uncharted movie script (opens in new tab), calling it "one of the best scripts [he's] ever read." It was written by Hollywood duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who wrote Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Men In Black: International together. 

Stay tuned, as we'll keep you updated on any news regarding the Uncharted movie and its production and release date.

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Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.