How the “Uncharted” film was killed by the “Tomb Raider” film’s failure

The last we heard of the Uncharted film was a report from Deadline that Rafe Judkins was working on the latest screenplay draft. This was in January – two months before the release of the Tomb Raider film. The expectation was that a successful and popular Tomb Raider film would generate hype for Uncharted – this made sense, given that Tomb Raider and Uncharted are both in the action/adventure genre. The Tomb Raider film starred Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, while the Uncharted film has reportedly cast Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake, being a prequel to the games. Since then, news on the Uncharted front has been silent. But the significant event: Tomb Raider‘s under-performance. As far as video game films go, Tomb Raider received above-average reviews. But despite that, and being based on a best-selling title, the Tomb Raider film still failed. The final gross of $273M from a $94M budget returned double the investment but was still lower than the two previous Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie. And this isn’t just any title – this is Tomb Raider, a franchise that had the potential to be the next Indiana Jones, just like Uncharted. Except Tomb Raider had much better chances of launching a franchise than Uncharted, because Tomb Raider, apart from anything, has already had two previous films. Uncharted would be going it alone, and for it to be the same genre as Tomb Raider, which has already been a considerable failure, probably isn’t worth risking as far as Sony as is now concerned. If we hear any more about it soon, I’ll be surprised.

This isn’t taking into account the recent fan film starring Nathan Fillion, which is an unlicensed production.

Uncharted is the property of Sony Corporation. Tomb Raider is the property of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd..

Timeline of Uncharted:
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (2017)

Timeline of Tomb Raider:
Tomb Raider (2013)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)