Mark Wahlberg compares Uncharted script to Indiana Jones

Mark Wahlberg has claimed his upcoming movie Uncharted will be similar to the iconic Indiana Jones action-adventure saga.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game franchise follows a professional treasure hunter called Nathan Drak…

Mark Wahlberg has claimed his upcoming movie Uncharted will be similar to the iconic Indiana Jones action-adventure saga.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game franchise follows a professional treasure hunter called Nathan Drake, who travels all over the world to uncover historical mysteries.

Wahlberg has been attached to the project since it was announced back in 2016, and was originally set to play Drake, but was later replaced by Spider-Man star Tom Holland.

The Boston native will now portray fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, who acts as a mentor to Drake, and in a new interview with Collider, he revealed that the movie will be an origin story.

“It’s exciting because, without giving too much away, it’s more of an origin story. Meeting them, and Nathan becoming Nathan. Sully and him meeting, trying to not only get over on each other, but also starting to partner up and develop that relationship,” the 48-year-old shared. “It’ll be very cool. It’s the first time I’m in a movie that’s a movie. I felt like when I was reading it, I was reading Indiana Jones or Thomas Crown Affair. It’s got these great elements of these heist movies and adventure movies like I’ve never been a part of.”

The movie has been hit by a series of delays, with five different directors exiting the project before producers finally settled on Venom filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, and production postponed in order to accommodate leading man Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

And Wahlberg joked he was replaced by the 23-year-old star because the project took so long to get off the ground.

“I was attached for years and years to play Nathan Drake and now I’m playing Sully,” he laughed. “Even with The Fighter, there was a ticking clock there. There was that biological clock. We gotta’ get going quickly.”

Uncharted is set for release in March 2021.

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Harrison Ford starts Indiana Jones 5 in two months

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jon…

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.

The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. He then reprised his role in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett.

Reports that a fifth instalment in the hugely successful saga has been reported since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting Disney officials to set a new release date of July 2021.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Ford confirmed that he will begin filming the new movie, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he said. “We have the opportunity to make another because people have enjoyed them. I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as they were when it started.”

He explained that he felt a “sense of responsibility” to fans of his movies, which he calls “customers”.

“‘Fans’ feels kind of weird to me, always has. But the fact that these people support my business, and I’m responsible to them for the quality of the service that I offer,” Ford shared.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in February that the actor would be involved with the film, which was a continuation rather than a reboot.

“We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we’ll be ready to go,” she said.

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Harrison Ford’s Han Solo jacket set to sell for over $1 million at props auction

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of …

A jacket worn by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars is estimated to sell for over $1 million (£762,000) at an upcoming auction.

The navy jacket featuring four front pockets that Ford donned in 1980 cinema classic The Empire Strikes Back is part of 600 lots being sold off by Prop Store during a live auction on 20 September (18) at London’s BFI IMAX cinema.

The fedora hat worn by Ford’s other famous alter ego, Indiana Jones, in Raiders of the Lost Ark is also going under the hammer, with experts estimating it will fetch up to $397,000 (£300,000), while adventurer Indy’s bullwhip from The Temple of Doom is poised to fetch up to $92,000 (£70,000).

There will also be lots of other Star Wars props on offer for fans of the sci-fi franchise, including a Stormtrooper helmet from the first Star Wars film as well as a similar helmet from 2017’s The Last Jedi.

And judging by a recent auction held in Las Vegas, appetite for original Star Wars props is high, with a blaster used by Han Solo in Return of the Jedi fetching $550,000 (£419,000).

Among the other lots at the upcoming Prop Store sale is the costume worn by Johnny Depp in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands, the robe worn by Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club, the Jumanji game board from the 1995 film, Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox) hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II, Forrest Gump’s (Tom Hanks) Bubba Gump Shrimp hat and a Wonka Bar from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

And for movie fans whose pockets aren’t that deep, all items will be on display for the public to view from 6 September.

“Our auction on September 20 2018 will once again raise the bar, presenting some of the most iconic cinematic artefacts of our time,” Stephen Lane, chief executive of Prop Store, said in a statement.

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Harrison Ford heeding The Call of the Wild – report

Harrison Ford is reportedly eyeing the chance to hunt for gold in a new film adaptation of classic novel The Call of the Wild. The Blade Runner 2049 star is in talks to star as prospector John Thornton, one of the main characters in Jack London’s lite…

Harrison Ford is reportedly eyeing the chance to hunt for gold in a new film adaptation of classic novel The Call of the Wild.

The Blade Runner 2049 star is in talks to star as prospector John Thornton, one of the main characters in Jack London’s literary adventure, which was first published in 1903. The story, which focuses on a sled dog named Buck, is set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush.

Logan screenwriter Michael Green penned the script for the movie, which will be directed by The Croods filmmaker Chris Sanders, reports Variety.com.

Production is expected to begin in September (18), with Sanders and his team relying heavily on computer-generated imagery.

If Harrison signs on to the project, he won’t be the first to portray Thornton onscreen – Clark Gable took on the part in a 1935 movie, while Charlton Heston tackled the role in a 1972 adaptation.

The veteran actor, who turned 76 on Friday (13Jul18), will be able to squeeze the potential project into his schedule as his next outing as explorer Indiana Jones was recently delayed by a year.

Ford had been expected to start work on the fifth film in the George Lucas-created franchise in the coming months ahead of a 2020 release, but last week, producers at Walt Disney Studios announced the as-yet-untitled project will now hit movie theatres in July, 2021.

No official reason was given for the postponement, but Jonathan Kasdan, the son of original Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan, was brought on board to revamp the script previously penned by David Koepp, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Harrison will reunite with franchise director Steven Spielberg for the new sequel.

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Steven Spielberg: ‘Indiana Jones could easily become Indiana Joan’

Steven Spielberg is considering recruiting a woman to take over Harrison Ford’s hat and whip for future Indiana Jones movies. The two old friends are working together on one more film, with Ford as the adventurous professor, and Spielberg admits he ca…

Steven Spielberg is considering recruiting a woman to take over Harrison Ford’s hat and whip for future Indiana Jones movies.

The two old friends are working together on one more film, with Ford as the adventurous professor, and Spielberg admits he can see a female taking on the role in the future.

“I have been very lucky to be influenced by women, several of whom I have just loved madly – my mom and my wife,” the filmmaker recently told The Sun, confessing making Indiana Jones female would be an easy fix: “We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan,” he smiled. “And there would be nothing wrong with that.”

Ford and Spielberg’s final Indiana Jones film together will hit cinemas in 2020, and won’t feature Shia LaBeouf, who was briefly considered the actor to build the franchise around after Harrison ditched his beloved character’s famous fedora.

The director now believes there’s no actor in Hollywood who could replace Ford – and so changing Indie’s sex could be a great idea.

“I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen,” Spielberg told Screen International.

“It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones – and that’s Harrison Ford.”

The moviemaker recently announced he’ll start production on the fifth movie in the film franchise early next year (19) in the U.K.

“It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the U.K.” the director told Empire. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies (carpenters and set builders), the sparks (electricians), the drivers – everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie.”

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Steven Spielberg to start work on Indiana Jones 5 next spring

Steven Spielberg has given Indiana Jones fans a reason to be cheerful after announcing he’ll start production on the fifth movie in the film franchise early next year (19). The moviemaker has also revealed Harrison Ford and his castmates will be shoot…

Steven Spielberg has given Indiana Jones fans a reason to be cheerful after announcing he’ll start production on the fifth movie in the film franchise early next year (19).

The moviemaker has also revealed Harrison Ford and his castmates will be shooting the film in the U.K.

“It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the U.K.” the director tells Empire. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies (carpenters and set builders), the sparks (electricians), the drivers – everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie.”

Sources tell Empire Shia LaBeouf, who was poised to take over the franchise after appearing in the fourth film, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as the adventurer’s son Mutt Williams, will not feature in the new project.

And insiders have also made it clear that Ford’s Indiana Jones character will not be killed off in the fifth film, suggesting this movie might not be the last fans see of the grumpy archaeologist.

Han Solo, Ford’s other iconic movie character in the Star Wars films, was killed off in The Force Awakens and he never appeared in last year’s The Last Jedi.

The plot for Indiana Jones 5 remains a mystery, but some fans have suggested it could be based on the Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis comic book series and video game.

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Composer John Williams exiting Star Wars after Episode IX

Star Wars theme creator John Williams will stop writing scores for the franchise once Episode IX is complete.The legendary composer is the brains behind some of film’s most iconic music, crafting scores for movies such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestri…

Star Wars theme creator John Williams will stop writing scores for the franchise once Episode IX is complete.

The legendary composer is the brains behind some of film’s most iconic music, crafting scores for movies such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series.

The five-time Oscar winner has been a part of Star Wars since the 1977 original, and has landed an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for his work on the sci-fi franchise, but having composed all eight of the core films in the series so far, the 86-year-old has announced that he is finally bowing out.

“We know (director) J.J. Abrams is preparing (Star Wars: Episode IX) now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams explained in an interview with U.S. radio station KUSC. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”

It was reported in December (17) that Williams would compose the theme for upcoming spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hits cinemas in May, with British composer John Powell hired to create the movie’s full score. Powell was nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for his work on How To Train Your Dragon.

Williams currently holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for a living person, with 51 nods to his name.

In addition to his departure, it has been announced that Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, is also exiting the franchise.

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