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The Best Blockbuster Movie Released in April Will Be Exclusive to the Playstation 4

Here are the major movies coming out during the final two weeks of April this year:

  • Elvis & Nixon – Michael Shannon as Elvis, Kevin Spacey As Nixon. They sit down for some awkward chats.
  • The Huntsman’s Winter War – Snow White? Who’s that? Never heard of her. That one movie you’re thinking of was always just about Chris Hemsowrth as the Huntsman, and I’ll listen to no more sass about that from you. That was his movie, and this one is too. Oh, also, Charlize Theron’s back. So they’ve got that going for them.
  • Keanu – Comedy from Key & Peele
  • Mother’s Day – Gary Marshall’s latest attempt to do an Americanized Love Actually around a specific holiday. Last time it was New Year’s Eve. This time it’s Mother’s Day. He got Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and a bunch of other people to be in it.
  • Ratchet & Clank – Animated adaptation of the video game, featuring the voices of Rosario Dawson, Paul Giammati, John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone and Bella Thorne.
  • Same Kind As Different As Me – No idea. It’s apparently qualified as “Christian” film, and it stars Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou.

Winter War is the only blockbuster in that bunch. However, I just watched a trailer for what looks to be April’s best blockbuster movie by far. It comes out in North American on April 26th.

Small problem, though: It’s not a movie; it’s a video game.

Behold, the story trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End:

Naughty Dog has been making Uncharted 4 (and continually delaying its release date) for at least three years now, dumping untold millions into it. This will be the first new Uncharted game to debut on the Playstation 4. It might not live up to the standards of its three Game of the Year-caliber predecessors since the director and writer of those games, Amy Hennig, left Naughty Dog in an ugly divorce in 2014. Plus, recent highly-touted video games like Batman: Arkham Knight and Watch Dogs ended up disappointing after months if not years of hype. Still, this is being positioned as the game to inspire any remaining PS4-holdouts to finally join the next generation of video gaming.

What struck me about the trailer, though, was how cinematic it looks, particularly with the stunning visuals and nuanced cross-cutting to communicate the sense that at this point in his journey Nathan is torn between his home life and need for adventure. Hollywood has actually been trying to make an Uncharted movie for a while, but it’s been stuck in development hell. Part of the problem is that it’s difficult to make a copy of a copy and have it feel fresh. After all, Uncharted has always been a modern day Indiana Jones riff. Moreover, video game movies have had bad track records at the box office lately.

So I’m not saying Uncharted 4 should have been a movie instead of a video game. Indeed, much of the emotional content is lost on you if you’ve never played any of the prior games. I’m merely taking a wider look at the entertainment canvas and wondering if the most cinematic experience action/adventure enthusiasts can hope for in late April (if not the entire month even with the release of Disney’s The Jungle Book) will come from a video game instead of any actual movie. It’s an on-going problem as console video games increasingly resemble interactive movies, and eat into ticket sales. According to Bloomberg News, at this point the video game industry easily dwarfs the film industry worldwide, and Uncharted 4 will be the crown jewel in April.

Uncharted 4 comes out April 26th in North America. Here’s the plot synopsis from Wikipedia:

Nathan “Nate” Drake, now retired as a fortune hunter, settled into a normal life with his wife Elena Fisher. His world is then turned upside down when his older brother Sam, long believed to be dead, suddenly reappears seeking Drake’s help. Together they embark on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a conspiracy behind Libertalia, a long lost pirate colony, and its fabled pooled pirate treasure.


  1. The development Hell for the film has been just that. Lots of people want Nathan Fillion to be cast as Nathan Drake. I do too. I like Mark Wahlberg but Fillion would be great. He would really bring the nerd fan cred over more.

    All the Uncharted games look like the best of their console generation but Naughty Dog had reached the limit of how far they could push the Playstation 3 hardware.

    The rumours were that Amy Hennig clashed with Neil Druckmann. The weird thing is that Naughty Dog had two teams of developers working on Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us and they were their own project leads.
    Hennig is currently working on a Star Wars game:
    I didn’t even buy the last Star Wars game (Battlefront) because it’s almost entirely multiplayer and Electronic Arts is trying to milk the license through DLC.

    1. I recall that Amy Hennig’s divorce with Naughty Dog got real ugly real fast, and I saw a story about one of the Uncharted 4 voice actors indicating the script wasn’t simply up to par this time around thus confirming many fears that Hennig’s absence would be deeply felt.

      As for who would play Drake in the movie, Fillion is too old at this point. Firefly/Serenity-era? He would have been perfect. I don’t think that Wahlberg has the necessary charisma for the role. Right now, Nathan Drake is Nolan North to me. It’s Nolan’s voice, and he’s even kind of looks like Nolan. Like Fillion, though, Nolan would be too old to play it in live action.

      I hope they pick someone you wouldn’t expect and train them into the physicality of the part without sacrificing their innate charm and knack for one-liners, ala Chris Pratt in Guardians. However, with the way all of the recent video games have suffered I could see this being a movie which simply never happens. Even without that, a globe-trotting Indiana Jones-esque action movie is simply not the type of movie they make anymore unless there’s a comic book involved. What was the last big one they did? Sahara? And that was an epic bomb in 2005. The closest we might have to live action Uncharted right now is The Librarians on TNT, and even then it’s not all that similar beyond it’ common source of inspiration, i.e., Indiana Jones.

      1. I have to admit that I still think of Fillion at his Firefly age. I did watch 2 seasons of Castle then stopped in what feels like decades ago.

        Also, I wouldn’t be upset if this movie never gets made. I have more hope in a Ratchet and Clank movie being made well than a live action movie.

      2. And now Uncharted 4 has been delayed again.

        By, like, 2 weeks, but still…

        As for the movie, I’m fine with it never being made. To me, they’ve already missed their window.

      3. I’m not too fussed that UC4 has been delayed. I finally got back onto PlayStation Plus and have other things to play, especially Rocket League.

        They could make another window but that would require UC4 to be really awesome. So far, UC2 was the peak of the franchise. UC3 was great but kind of disappoints compared to UC2. It’s been years since I played either but everything felt fresher in UC2.

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