Tom Holland Pitched Sony A Young James Bond Movie, And It Turned Into Uncharted
Sony passed on Holland's pitch, but it sparked the idea for a young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie.
Tom Holland has revealed he originally pitched Sony Pictures on an idea for a James Bond origin story, and while this didn't work out, it led to him starring in Uncharted.
In the latest issue of Total Film, Holland said after Spider-Man: Far From Home, he pitched Sony on "this idea of a young Bond film that I'd come up with. It was the origin story of James Bond."
That's an intriguing concept and a story that hasn't been told in depth in any of the movies. But Holland said his pitch "didn't really make sense." He added, "It didn't work. It was the dream of a young kid."
The idea made its way to the producers of the Bond series, apparently, but Holland said, "I don't think the Bond estate were particularly interested."
All was not lost, however, as this gave Holland inspiration for Uncharted. "The idea of a young Bond film sparked this idea, in turn, that you could do a Nathan Drake story as an origin story, rather than as an addition to the games," Holland said. "And that opened a conversation, and we started to discuss if I could play this role."
After years in development hell and a revolving door of directors, Uncharted opens in theaters on February 18. Mark Wahlberg plays Sully, while Antonio Banderas is the bad guy, Moncada.
This isn't the first time that Holland has discussed an eagerness to play James Bond. In 2021, Holland said he would "love" to play the character someday. "I'm just putting that out there. I look pretty good in a suit," he said.
2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film series, and the producers of the series have told fans to "watch out for announcements, events, and new content across 2022." One such reveal might be GoldenEye 007 for Xbox, as the game's Achievements recently leaked. Outside of this, Hitman developer IO Interactive is making its own James Bond game, and we hope to learn more about it this year.
As for the film series, 2021's No Time To Die wrapped up Daniel Craig's run as the British superspy. Looking ahead, producer Barbara Broccoli has said the next person to play Bond will likely be a British man of any ethnicity or race.
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