In a recent interview, Uncharted film director Ruben Fleischer revealed that he is working with PlayStation on a Jak and Daxter film adaptation. Although neither Fleischer nor Sony have confirmed production of the film, Fleischer does reveal that he is currently in talks with Sony. Good news for fans of movie adaptations of video games and, more specifically, popular actor and Jak and Daxter fan Tom Holland.
A Jak and Daxter movie gets a lot of support from fans
Earlier this week, actor Tom Holland also showed interest in a film adaptation of Jak and Daxter. Although it came a bit out of the blue, it’s not surprising when you consider that Holland herself is starring in another video game adaptation like Nathan Drake from Uncharted. Holland stated that he hoped to see a dark, “really weird live-action” version of the video game franchise, similar to the one produced under the indie label A24. For reference, A24 has produced a number of popular films in recent years, including Midsommar and Uncut Gems.
Speak with Digital trends, Ruben Fleischer revealed that he would continue to work with PlayStation on another classic video game film adaptation. This time it was “a version” of Jak and Daxter, which Fleischer said would be “really cool to bring to life”. However, Fleischer did not specify whether the film would be live-action, or CGI animation like the 2016 Ratchet & Clank film.
Interestingly, that same animated movie eventually led to a reboot of the series that gave us Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Likewise, a movie adaptation of Jak and Daxter could pave the way for future remasters or even a reboot of its own. Naughty Dog seems to be on board with the idea, as co-president Evan Wells also mentioned last year that they want to make another Jak and Daxter game at some point.
Opinion: I’ll take a live-action adaptation if it means more Jak and Daxter
André writes… A live-action adaptation of Jak and Daxter could work, but could also wander into the eerie valley. Unlike the Uncharted series, many of the characters are styled in a way that would make it difficult for a live-action movie to be faithful. The best bet would be a combination of both, similar to the recent Sonic the Hedgehog movies. But if it means playing more – or dare I say new – Jak and Daxter games, the movie could be made in Microsoft Powerpoint as far as I know.
In other news, Sony AI has unveiled Gran Turismo Sophy, an AI driver that is said to be able to beat the best Gran Turismo players. A PS5 version of Apex Legends has also appeared on Taiwanese and European video game rating boards.