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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Antonio Banderas joining Tom Holland in Uncharted

Antonio Banderas is joining Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in upcoming action movie Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game has been hit by delays since it was first announced back in 2016, but now the project not only …

Antonio Banderas is joining Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in upcoming action movie Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game has been hit by delays since it was first announced back in 2016, but now the project not only has the Oscar-nominated actor onboard, but director Ruben Fleischer has been confirmed to helm the project, according to editors at Variety.

Details on who Banderas will play have not yet been revealed, but he isn’t the only new addition to the cast – Grey’s Anatomy actress Sophia Ali and The 100’s Tati Gabrielle have also landed roles in the action/adventure film.

In January, the movie was rocked when filmmaker Travis Knight announced that he was stepping away from directing duties after production clashed with Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

Filming on Uncharted was set to begin this year, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back the start date.

Holland will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the project, with Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Venom director Fleischer is the sixth filmmaker to take charge of the long-gestating movie, following the previous departures of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Dan Trachtenberg, and Shawn Levy.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have penned the script, with Playstation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan serving as executive producers.

Uncharted is set to hit cinemas in March 2021.

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Venom’s Ruben Fleischer tapped for Uncharted – report

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed…

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed with star Tom Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

According to Variety, Fleischer is the top of a list of candidates being considered by Sony officials, and sources have told the outlet that the 45-year-old has the job “if he wants it”.

Fleischer helmed Sony’s 2018 anti-superhero movie Venom, starring Tom Hardy, but passed on directing the sequel, with duties handed to Andy Serkis instead. Fleischer is also known for projects like 2009’s Zombieland and its 2019 follow-up, Zombieland 2: Double Tap.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back a start date on the video game movie, prompting Knight to quit because of scheduling conflicts.

Holland, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Mark Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted, with the likes of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Shawn Levy and Dan Trachtenberg linked to the long-running project, which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.

Sony bosses are currently pushing forward with auditions for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

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Ruben Fleischer interested in Zombieland spin-off with Zoey Deutch

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer would love to make a standalone movie about Zoey Deutch’s character.Fleischer reunited with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin 10 years after the release of 2009’s Zombieland to create …

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer would love to make a standalone movie about Zoey Deutch’s character.

Fleischer reunited with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin 10 years after the release of 2009’s Zombieland to create the sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, and brought in Set It Up star Deutch to play a “dumb blonde” named Madison, who serves as Eisenberg’s new love interest.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Venom filmmaker admitted he would like to make a standalone movie exploring what happens to Madison and Berkeley, played by Avan Jogia, after the events of Double Tap.

“I would love to do a Madison standalone movie. So, I think that story remains to be written. That would be a fun thing to go find out. That actually would’ve been a good post-credit scene where those two are in (hippy community) Babylon just being pretty dumb together,” he said.

The actress has been receiving rave reviews for her performance in the sequel, with many critics describing her as a scene-stealer. And Zoey has already expressed interest in returning for a follow-up.

“I’ll be on my hands and knees begging them to have me back. It was so much fun. Like I said, a very life-affirming experience,” the 24-year-old gushed to Entertainment Weekly.

She also explained that she enjoyed playing the airheaded Madison because she was so positive.

“To be honest, to be able to play someone that positive for 14, 15 hours every day for a couple months, it inevitably seeps into your own psyche and spirit. So, I was in a very good mood, between playing someone that positive and cheery and being around such amazing and kind people,” she added.

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Abigail Breslin credits stunt team on Zombieland: Double Tap for making her look cool

Abigail Breslin has credited the stunt team on Zombieland: Double Tap for making her look cool because she isn’t very coordinated.The 23-year-old actress reprises her role as Little Rock in the action-comedy sequel, reuniting with her co-stars Woody Ha…

Abigail Breslin has credited the stunt team on Zombieland: Double Tap for making her look cool because she isn’t very coordinated.

The 23-year-old actress reprises her role as Little Rock in the action-comedy sequel, reuniting with her co-stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone.

Returning to Ruben Fleischer’s zombie franchise 10 years later meant that Abigail was allowed to do more action scenes, but she soon found out that she wasn’t very good at stunts.

“They basically learned on day one of stunt training that I’m not a very coordinated person, so they just had me roll on the ground. But that’s the magic of movie making. They make me look like I’m a lot cooler than I really am,” she told Refinery29. “It actually looks so dope.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she candidly shared her thoughts on growing up in Hollywood and confessed that being a child star was detrimental to her later career, as she wasn’t getting considered for serious roles.

“It kind of took a few years in my teens for people to stop viewing me as just a little girl,” she explained. “People want certain things from child stars or child actors. You have to be really smart and really cool, but also they want you to be not too precocious. Not too done up, but not too little girlish. If you wear this, then you’re a s**t; if you wear that, you’re a prude.”

Abigail, who shot to fame in M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Signs in 2002 at the tender age of five, complained Hollywood wanted her to “stay nine years old forever”.

“Every article since I was 12 has been, ‘She’s all grown up,’ and I’m like, When am I all, all, all grown up? I’m not sure. That’s what I’m gonna have on my tombstone: ‘All grown up, like all the way.’ It’s called puberty. It’s a thing that happens to people,” she quipped.

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Director Ruben Fleischer devastated after Venom was mauled by critics

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transf…

Director Ruben Fleischer was “really surprised” by the negative critical reaction to Venom.

Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel villain was released in October 2018, and starred Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who becomes infected and eventually transforms into the terrifying alien symbiote.

Despite taking more than $856 million (£665 million) worldwide, and boasting a stellar cast including Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, critics panned the movie, and Venom currently stands at only 29 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

During a recent interview with Fandom, Fleischer confessed the harsh reviews of his comic book adaptation really affected him, and if he could change one thing about the 2018 blockbuster, it would be to have a more positive reaction from film critics.

“I was really bummed that people didn’t like it because it’s a crowd-pleasing movie and I’m not sure if there was just blowback against Sony or people just worship Marvel,” he explained. “But I was really surprised that the critics (were gunning for it) because audiences really enjoyed the movie. And so many people who’ve seen it just appreciated that it was a fun superhero movie.

“So, I was a little surprised. I don’t know what they were expecting.”

Fleischer later passed on directing the sequel, with directing duties being handed to Andy Serkis instead. However, the Zombieland filmmaker couldn’t be happier with his replacement.

“I was kinda happy to let somebody else take over. And I’m excited to see what he does with it,” the 44-year-old added.

And Fleischer also seemingly confirmed a possible Spider-Man/Venom crossover film will happen, now that Sony and Marvel have hammered out a new deal.

“That’s where it’s all going to lead,” he revealed. “And so, the thing I think it’s building towards, and will be exciting to see, is when they actually do confront each other.”

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Tom Hardy ‘very involved’ in writing Venom sequel

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster. According …

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.

The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster.

According to Serkis, who was recently announced as the director of the sequel, not only is Hardy reprising his role but is part of the story development process.

“Tom was very involved with the writing, with (screenwriter) Kelly Marcel, of the new story. So it’s very much centred around their take,” Serkis shared during the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation for his new show A Christmas Carol, according to CinemaBlend.

Marcel helped write the first Venom instalment, while her other credits include Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr. Banks.

Sony’s take on Marvel’s anti-hero was panned by critics, but raked in more than $856 million (£750 million) at the worldwide box office.

While director Ruben Fleischer is not returning to helm the sequel, Michelle Williams will reportedly reprise her role as Brock’s love interest, attorney Anne Weying, according to the publication.

And after a post-credits teaser, it looks like Woody Harrelson will play villain Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, in the sequel.

The scene features Hardy’s journalist Brock visiting a prison to interview the incarcerated criminal, only to find that Kasady has written “Welcome Eddie” in his own blood on the wall. He goes on to proclaim that when he escapes “there’s gonna be carnage”, leading fans to speculate that Harrelson will play the Marvel villain in the upcoming Venom 2.

In the comics, Carnage is an alien symbiote that is the offspring of Venom and it bonds to Kasady while he’s in prison.

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This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones cast in Venom

This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones has joined the cast of Venom.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor, who plays William “Shakespeare” Hill in the acclaimed television series, will be starring alongside To…

This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones has joined the cast of Venom.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor, who plays William “Shakespeare” Hill in the acclaimed television series, will be starring alongside Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed in the story of the popular Marvel antihero – the first standalone feature to come out of Sony’s Spider-Man universe.

The specific role Ron will play has yet to be confirmed. But the 61-year-old has already been seen in a programme based on a Marvel superhero – Luke Cage playing Bobby Fish in the Marvel web series which streams on Netflix.

Luke Cage is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and shares continuity with the films of the franchise. But he is not expected to reprise the character for his role in Venom.

Ron’s signing comes after he was forced to pass on playing The Wizard in Shazam! an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. He was replaced by Djimon Hounsou after leaving the project due to scheduling problems.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom is scheduled to hit cinemas on 5 October (18), in a story tracking Hardy’s character Eddie Brock’s transformation from investigative journalist to powerful alien symbiote.

Tom, who has taken on the titular role, recently spoke about the challenge of playing two characters simultaneously, noting that Eddie and alter-ego Venom interact with each other in many scenes.

“I was prepping two different characters throughout the movie and that was a challenge which I was really looking forward to,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly, recalling his time filming Legend, in which he played both Reggie and Ronnie Kray. “I had done that kind of before with this gangster movie that I’d played two twins in, so when this opportunity popped up to play Venom… the great thing about him is that he’s a Jekyll and Hyde character so I get to play two very different people within the same body.”

Michelle Williams, Scott Haze and Woody Harrelson have also been cast in the movie.

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Tom Hardy was excited by challenge of playing a dual role in Venom

Tom Hardy relished the challenge of playing two characters in upcoming comic book movie Venom.In the superhero movie, the British actor portrays Eddie Brock, a journalist investigating the mysterious Life Foundation who comes into contact with an alien…

Tom Hardy relished the challenge of playing two characters in upcoming comic book movie Venom.

In the superhero movie, the British actor portrays Eddie Brock, a journalist investigating the mysterious Life Foundation who comes into contact with an alien parasite known as a symbiote and becomes infected, mutating into anti-hero Venom.

In many scenes, Eddie and Venom interact with each other, and Tom has admitted that he loved the challenge, having done it once before with 2015 gangster movie Legend, in which he played both Kray twins.

“I was prepping two different characters throughout the movie and that was a challenge which I was really looking forward to,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I had done that kind of before with this gangster movie that I’d played two twins in, so when this opportunity popped up to play Venom… the great thing about him is that he’s a Jekyll and Hyde character so I get to play two very different people within the same body.”

To film the scenes, Tom would play one character and hear the other’s lines, which he had already recorded, in his ear, so he could convincingly interact and argue with himself, and he admitted it must have been odd for onlookers to see.

“It looks weird from the outside if you don’t hear what I’m hearing, it just looks like a man talking to himself, which is partly Eddie Brock’s problem,” the 40-year-old laughed.

Director Ruben Fleischer has also heaped praise on his star and explained that it was impressive to see him handle two roles at the same time.

“It’s a real testament to Tom’s talent. He had to play these two characters simultaneously and watching him manage both personalities in his head at one time, just as a director, was so fun, to see him act literally opposite himself. It’s really impressive,” he gushed.

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