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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Tom Holland confirms Sony had ‘wonderful plan’ to transition Spider-Man out of MCU

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at…

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.

The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at Disney, who own Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, who own the screen rights to the comic book character, stalled.

A new deal was eventually announced in September, a month after talks had originally broken down, but in a new interview with MTV News, Holland revealed that Sony bosses already had a plan up their sleeves to help smoothly transition Spider-Man out of the MCU if a deal wasn’t reached.

“(The) future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony and we had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU,” he said.

He also noted that Sony’s Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were “really confident” they had the perfect idea to “make a film of the calibre that Spider-Man requires”.

Holland first played Spider-Man, and his high school student alter-ego Peter Parker, in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and has since portrayed the beloved superhero in two standalone films – Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, and last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

A third movie will begin filming in July, and Holland told fans they shouldn’t be worried about the future of his character.

“I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel like it’s where he belongs now,” the 23-year-old gushed, before heaping praise on Disney boss Bob Iger for bringing him onboard to help keep Spider-Man at Marvel. “It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever, I saved Spider-Man.”

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Sam Raimi in talks to direct Doctor Strange 2 – report

Sam Raimi is reportedly in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.According to editors at Variety, the filmmaker – who helmed Marvel’s hugely successful Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire – is in discussions to join the comi…

Sam Raimi is reportedly in talks to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

According to editors at Variety, the filmmaker – who helmed Marvel’s hugely successful Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire – is in discussions to join the comic book movie studio once again, replacing original director Scott Derrickson on the project.

Last month, Derrickson announced he was departing the follow-up to the 2016 fantasy starring Benedict Cumberbatch due to “creative differences” with bosses at the studio. He will stay on as an executive producer.

Production on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to begin in May, with Cumberbatch returning to the fold as the titular sorcerer. Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor are set to return as Wong and villain Karl Mordo, respectively, while Elizabeth Olsen will be reprising her Avengers role of Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff.

However, Rachel McAdams, who played Strange’s colleague Christine Palmer in the original, is not expected to return.

Fans are sure to be thrilled about Raimi joining the film, as his 2004 movie Spider-Man 2 is widely considered to be one of the best comic book flicks of all time.

And his three Spider-Man movies, which also starred Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and J.K. Simmons, have raked in a whopping $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion) worldwide.

Since concluding the Spider-Man trilogy for Sony Pictures in 2007, Raimi has been kept busy as a producer, with just two movies under his belt as a director since then – 2009’s Drag Me to Hell and Oz the Great and Powerful in 2013.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated for release in May 2021.

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Jared Harris denies he’s playing Doctor Octopus in Morbius

Jared Harris has denied he’s playing villain Doctor Octopus in upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.The first trailer for the comic book thriller recently dropped to the delight of Marvel fans and showed Jared Leto as scientist Dr. Michael Morbius, who…

Jared Harris has denied he’s playing villain Doctor Octopus in upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.

The first trailer for the comic book thriller recently dropped to the delight of Marvel fans and showed Jared Leto as scientist Dr. Michael Morbius, who accidentally turns himself into a vampire after trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease.

Harris’ mysterious character has been described as a mentor to the young scientist, and the trailer shows him saying he’s known Michael Morbius since he was a boy.

Flashback footage also shows Harris’ character protecting a young Michael, leading fans to speculate that the 58-year-old will be playing Dr. Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus.

However, during an interview with Variety at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday, the Chernobyl star flat out denied he would be playing the villain.

“No,” Harris stated. “I love the imagination that the fans have, it’s exciting for me to think about the imagination that the fans have. But yeah no, it’s not.”

He also expressed his excitement at seeing the film when it’s released this summer, and teased: “That part is always a surprise, and that’s always impressive.”

Alfred Molina previously played the engineer-turned-villain, who has giant mechanical arms attached to his body that he controls with his mind, opposite Tobey Maguire as the web-slinging superhero in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in 2004.

Morbius, which also stars Matt Smith, Michael Keaton and Tyrese Gibson, is released in July.

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Josh Hartnett denies turning down Batman and Spider-Man roles

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects. Ho…

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.

In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects.

However, Josh has now insisted those claims weren’t entirely accurate.

“I didn’t turn down Spider-Man. I don’t know where that came from. I’d only turned down Superman as a straight-up offer,” he told Variety in a new interview. “But I was, at that time of my career, where a lot of people were asking me to do those types of movies.

“I was having meetings with those directors and people were saying: ‘Would you be interested?’ I talked to them about what they were doing, and I ultimately decided I wasn’t, but that was a very privileged place for a young man to be in. I’m a little bit outside of the box and had the leverage to do that, and that’s the direction I chose.”

Back in 2015, Josh told a reporter at Playboy magazine he was offered the role of Batman but “decided it wasn’t for me”. Yet, in his most recent chat, the star backtracked on that comment and insisted the role “wasn’t an audition or an offer”.

“It was a conversation with the director (Christopher Nolan),” the 41-year-old explained. “I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. When you say one thing one time about it, and now it gets blown up. But I don’t really care to tell that story over and over again.”

Christian Bale was eventually cast as Batman in Nolan’s trilogy, and the character has since been played by Ben Affleck, while Robert Pattinson will make his debut as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming DC Comics flick, The Batman.

Henry Cavill is the current Superman, while Tom Holland currently has the part of Spider-Man.

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Travis Knight to exit Uncharted over Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule – report

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spide…

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.

The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will begin shooting this summer.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays at the Marvel/Sony blockbuster are reportedly pushing back a production start date for the action adventure, prompting director Knight to exit the adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series because of timing conflicts.

According to Variety, Sony will still push forward with the film, and Holland is still attached to star, alongside Mark Wahlberg, who joined the cast back in November.

The delay to production on Uncharted was reportedly a surprise for movie bosses, as auditions were only recently being held with actresses for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

Now, casting decisions will have to wait as a replacement director is found, Variety adds, as well as the release date being rescheduled.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted – which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Shawn Levy was originally slated to direct but he was later replaced by Dan Trachtenberg, who departed the long-gestating project earlier this year.

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

A representative for Sony has yet to comment on the report.

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Disney boss recalls Tom Holland’s desperate phone call bid to save Spider-Man

Disney boss Bob Iger has recalled the conversation he had with Tom Holland that ultimately led to Spider-Man rejoining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after talks between heads at Disney, w…

Disney boss Bob Iger has recalled the conversation he had with Tom Holland that ultimately led to Spider-Man rejoining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after talks between heads at Disney, who own Marvel, and Sony Pictures, who own the screen rights to the comic book character, stalled over the summer.

It was later revealed that a call by Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the latest films, had made bosses reconsider, with the actor admitting he was “drunk” at the time of the conversation as he’d been at a pub quiz in London.

On Wednesday, Iger spoke to Us Weekly about the “good conversation” he and Holland had, admitting the screen star pulled out all of the stops to try and get him to reconsider.

“I couldn’t tell if he was drunk, but I called him because I knew that he was upset and he wanted to talk to me about the status of Spider-Man,” Iger said. “And at the time that I called him, he was at a pub in, I think, London with his family, and he said, ‘If it’s noisy, I just stepped out of a pub.’

“The reason I called him is I knew how important it was to him and I knew how important he was to us. He asked to talk to me about it, to express how upset he was. And because of how much I cared about him, I called him. And he said, ‘Please, please.’ He (pleaded) with me. ‘Is there anything you can do? Just please, sir, please? Is there anything that you can do?’ I said, ‘Tom, I will try.’… I immediately got on the phone afterward and started trying.”

A new deal between Disney and Sony was announced in September, a month after negotiations had originally broken down. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce the third film in the Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise and Spider-Man will appear in a future Marvel Studios film.

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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 Holland: ‘Spider-Man split from MCU was the most stressful week of my life’

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing ter…

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.

In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off – meaning the web-slinging superhero, played by Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

However, both companies announced in September that they had reached an agreement and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce a third MCU Spider-Man film starring Holland – which came as a huge relief to Tom.

Speaking on a panel alongside Spider-Man: Far From Home co-star Jake Gyllenhaal at ACE Comic Con Midwest over the weekend, the actor initially described rehearsals for his performance of Rihanna’s Umbrella on U.S. TV show Lip Sync Battle in 2017 as his “most stressful week” – before reflecting on more recent events.

“Well…maybe the whole Disney/Sony thing when that happened,” he mused. “That was a bit of a stressful week. I’m sure there’s some contractual obliged thing where I can’t say anything about anything, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.”

After a new deal between Disney and Sony was announced, The Hollywood Reporter claimed the star played a key role in negotiations, reporting that Tom made “multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution”.

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Jon Watts in talks to direct third Spider-Man movie

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie. In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-shar…

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie.

In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, meaning that the web-slinging hero could no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

However, on Friday, they jointly announced that they had reached a new agreement so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was back on and they would produce a third standalone film together, set for release in July 2021.

Shortly after the agreement was announced, editors at Deadline reported that Watts was in negotiations to return as director and insisted his deal will be “wrapped soon”. According to the publication, Sony and Disney turned their attention to rehiring Watts as soon as their agreement was hammered out, as his return wasn’t set in stone at the time of their separation in August.

Getting Watts back in the director’s chair isn’t surprising given his success with the previous two instalments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880 million (£715 million) worldwide following its release in 2017, while its follow-up Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever with takings of $1.13 billion (£918 million) earlier this year.

As part of their announcement, Sony and Disney bosses confirmed that Spider-Man, currently played by Tom Holland, would appear in a “future Marvel Studios film”.

Holland celebrated the news by sharing a clip from 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character repeatedly yells “I’m not leaving” to a crowd of co-workers. His co-star Zendaya commented with the crying with laughter emojis, while his Avengers castmate Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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