If you’re a fan of the Uncharted video game series or the 2022 action-adventure movie that served as a prequel to the game titles, you might be interested in a follow-up movie. You might also want to see a sequel if you’re a fan of Tom Holland, the young actor who played the movie’s main hero, Nathan Drake.
But will there be an Uncharted 2? Or is it game over for this potential franchise? Here’s what we know:
What is Uncharted about?
In this prequel movie, we get to meet the street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) before he becomes the legendary treasure hunter from Naughty Dog’s game franchise. This isn’t to say he doesn’t hunt for any treasure in this movie, however. He is recruited by Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg), his friend and mentor from the game series, to locate the 500-year-old lost fortune that was amassed by Portuguese explorer Francis Magellan. Thus begins his first adventure with Sully and his first globe-trotting mission.
Unfortunately, Nathan’s already difficult mission is made even harder by the ruthless Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) who is also on the hunt for the treasure. Nathan races around the globe to get the treasure before Moncada gets his hands on it but further complications arise for our hero when the double-crossing fortune hunter, Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali), also arrives on the scene.
Does Nathan find the treasure?
Will there be an Uncharted 2?
At the time of writing, Uncharted 2 has not been confirmed.
The chances of a sequel usually depend on the involvement of the main cast and crew, the critical reviews, and box office numbers.
In terms of reviews, the critical reception was mixed. We gave the movie 7 out of 10 and stated that it was entertaining and faithful to the source material. Other reviewers were less than positive but many still agreed that it was one of the better video game adaptations in existence.
Despite the varied critical response, the movie did do well at the box office. It has a worldwide gross of over $400 million which is good numbers for a movie with a $120 million budget.
Due to these high numbers, a sequel is likely. But as we said, this depends on the cast and crew. Are they interested in coming back for more?
Mark Wahlberg is open to the idea, according to Newsweek, but there are conditions. In an interview, Wahlberg said:
“If the [Uncharted] fans really love the movie and they want another one, and there is that demand. And [if] we can make it better than the first, then I would.”
But what about Tom Holland? He’s a fan of the games so it could be assumed that he would love to sign on for more Uncharted movies. However, he wasn’t completely pleased about his performance in the first movie, according to his interview with GQ, and there is the suggestion that he might not return to the role of Drake. He said:
“As soon as you start worrying about ‘Do I look good in this shot?’ acting becomes something other than playing a character. I think there are elements of my performance in Uncharted where I kind of fell under that spell of being ‘I want to look good now. I want this to be my cool moment.’ I had to play this very tough, very stoic guy – basically be Mark Wahlberg. My character is supposed to be a f….g action hero in this moment!
Look, I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know if I succeeded in that. But it was an important lesson learned, because, at times, it was less about land a mark and go through this scene and more about land a mark, stand like this and see my bulging biceps… It was a mistake and is something that I will probably never do again.”
Of course, Holland might be more interested in returning to the role if he can bring more depth to the character (beyond simply looking strong and cool) but for now, we can only hope that he might make a comeback if the right circumstances align.
What could Uncharted 2 be about?
The first movie ended on a cliffhanger involving Nate’s long-missing brother so we suspect a reunion between the two would be part of the plot of the sequel. There is also the chance that Uncharted 2 could follow the narrative of one of the sequels from Sony’s gaming franchise. The first movie included scenes that game fans will recognize from the series but it wasn’t based on any one title.
This is just speculation as without confirmation of a sequel, we are, quite literally, in uncharted territory. But if you’re a fan of the games, you will likely know more about potential plot points than movie viewers who aren’t familiar with the Playstation titles.
Who could be in Uncharted 2?
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg will hopefully return as Nate and Sully if a sequel is greenlit and there is the chance that Sophia Ali could return as Chloe too. You shouldn’t expect to see Antonio Banderas back in the sequel or Tati Gabrielle who played his double-crossing merc but in case you haven’t seen the movie, we won’t explain the reasons why here.
When could Unchartered 2 be released?
As a sequel hasn’t been confirmed, it is hard to say at this point. The first movie had a lengthy journey to the big screen due to director and writer changes and the inevitable problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope Uncharted 2 doesn’t suffer the same delays but as Tom Holland has recently hinted at an acting break, it might still be some time before we get to see a sequel.
That’s all we know for now but if news of a sequel does emerge, we aim to update this page with new information.
Would you like to see a sequel to Uncharted? What did you think of the first movie? What would you like to see in Uncharted 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!