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Uncharted movie bumps Masters of the Universe off March 2021 release date

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Sony still hopes to shoot Uncharted sometime this year; needs a director first

Nathan Drake hangs on to a plane cargo strap for his dear life in a promo shot from Uncharted Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony Pictures still thinks its Uncharted movie is coming out at some point during our current space-time continuum, even as it hunts for yet another director, the seventh for the 13-year-old project. Sony on Thursday moved the film from a Dec. 18, 2020 release date to March 5, 2021.

That’s bad news for He-Man. Deadline reports that Masters of the Universe already had the March 5, 2021 date; now it simply has no release date. Masters of the Universe is also listed in pre-production, per IMDB.

The move means Sony still expects shooting to begin on Uncharted sometime this year. Ruben Fleischer (Venom) is said to be Sony’s top choice for director, but that has not been formalized yet.

Tom Holland (the Hollywood Spider-Man since 2016) is aboard; all the date-moving is because Sony wants to get Uncharted shot before he goes off to work on the next Spidey sequel. Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, Max Payne) has also been attached to the picture for a while. Rafe Judkins (TV’s Chuck and Agents of SHIELD) is writing, along with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who also wrote Masters of the Universe’s screenplay.

At the beginning of the year, Travis Knight (Bumblebee) left the Uncharted movie, joining Dan Trachtenberg, David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon and Shawn Levy in ghosting on Sony. An Uncharted movie has been discussed as a super sure-thing ever since the first game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, launched on PlayStation 3 in 2007.