Travis Knight, the director, and former rapper is the latest industry figure to back out of Sony’s cinematic adaption of the extremely popular video game series, Uncharted, starring Tom Holland. Deadline reports that scheduling issues led to Knight’s exit.
Reportedly, Holland is still attached to the project, however, as the younger version of the main hero, Nathan Drake, in addition to Mark Wahlberg, who will star as Sully. The movie is supposed to come out on the 18th of December, 2020, but it’s unclear if the change of director will lead to a later release.
In addition to starring in Uncharted, Holland will also appear in the next Spider-Man movie set for release on the 16th of July, 2021. Previously, Knight sat in the director’s chair for the Transformers’ spin-off, Bumblebee.
He’ll be the sixth director to back out of the Uncharted video game project since 2011 when Dan Trachtenberg ditched it back in August. In addition to Knight, Neil Burger, David O. Russell, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy all left the project.
Fans of Uncharted, created by Naughty Dog, follows Nathan Drake as he explores ancient civilizations and ruins to find relics, encountering challenges along the way, similar to Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones.
As it was previously reported, Tom joined Uncharted back in 2017 and was slated to star as a younger version of the protagonist. While Knight’s exit from the series was explained away as a scheduling conflict, social media users cited possible on-set issues as the real reason.
Additionally, some have pointed out Knight’s busy schedule. Originally, Knight took his first steps into the entertainment world as a rapper, performing under the name, “Chilly Tee.” Knight recorded a five-song demo, which to this day, Shocklee states is still relevant.
The president of MCA, Bernie Singleton, was interested in the demo and then passed it on to Hank Shocklee, who agreed to produce his first record with The Bomb Squad. Shocklee said in past interviews that the record came out of nowhere, one of the reasons why it never caught on.