Sony’s Uncharted film adaptation has incurred an unexpected setback. Travis Knight, who signed on to helm the project in September 2019, will no longer direct Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, according to a new report.
Deadline states that Holland’s work with the next Spider-Man installment has caused scheduling conflicts with Knight. As a result, Knight has been pushed out of the director role and the film will receive a brand-new release date. Uncharted was scheduled to hit theatres on December 18, 2020. Sony still plans to move the film forward with a new director, but an announcement on who will lead the project has not been made.
Knight, an animator at stop-motion studio Laika, made his live-action directorial debut with 2018’s Bumblebee. Knight has also worked on 2009’s Coraline, 2012’s Paranorman, 2014’s The Boxtrolls, 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings, and more. Uncharted would’ve served as Knight’s fifth directorial project.
2019 marked a year of consistent changes for Sony’s Uncharted film adaptation, a project that has been in the works since 2008. It was reported over the summer that the film had been rewritten, with Joe Carnahan penning the first draft. The current script was written by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Rafe Judkins. In addition to several script changes, Uncharted has seen a number of directors sit in the chair, from Shawn Levy to Dan Trachtenberg to Seth Gordon. Knight is the latest director to walk away from the film.