Above: Ryan Reynolds in Self/less (2015) Image source (opens in new tab)
Between Deadpool (opens in new tab) and Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Ryan Reynolds has become quite the fixture of nerd culture in the media – and he very nearly took part in another high-profile video game movie not starring an electric rodent. Reynolds was in consideration to play Nathan Drake in an R-rated Uncharted movie (opens in new tab) before he took on Deadpool, according to an interview with screenwriter and producer Joe Carnahan, whose work includes The A-Team, The Grey, and upcoming movie (opens in new tab) Bad Boys for Life.
In an episode of The Mutuals Interviews (opens in new tab) on the Discussing Film (opens in new tab) YouTube channel, Carnahan discussed his script for an Uncharted film “more skewed to an adult audience,” starting around the 19:05 mark in the interview. Ryan Reynolds was “very, very close” to taking the role of beloved hero Nathan Drake before he was optioned to become Deadpool, which took him out of the running. Carnahan envisioned Bryan Cranston as Nathan’s older buddy Victor Sullivan, which came true for the current, in-the-works version of the film, but Spider-Man: Homecoming (opens in new tab)‘s Tom Holland has since stepped in to play Nate.
“It was a lot of fun, and ultimately I wanted to make Amy [Hennig, game director on the first Uncharted] happy,” says Carnahan, who says Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann “stole credit” for the series. Like so many of the upcoming video game movies (opens in new tab), the production of the Uncharted film has been fraught with false starts and speed bumps; earlier this year, 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg stepped in (opens in new tab) after the previous director Shawn Levy departed the project (opens in new tab). But you don’t have to wait – you can watch Nathan Fillion’s Uncharted fan film (opens in new tab) right this second to get your fix of quip-filled archaeological adventure.
As for the game itself, here’s the inside story of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (opens in new tab).