Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was already well underway with Amy Hennig, but with Amy Hennig moving away, the team started everything from scratch, says Nolan North.
A recent podcast featuring Nolan North , voice and lead interpreter of Nathan Drake, sheds light on some background to the development of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End , most notably the fact that this was completely rewritten after Amy Hennig’s departure. by Naughty Dog.
Apparently, several scenes of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End had already been shot according to the old script , which further lengthened the work due to the need to remake them largely. “We had already been recording some Uncharted 4 scenes with Amy Hennig for about 7 months, we were well under way,” North explained in the Couch Soup Podcast, “When she was sent away by Naughty Dog, the team canceled everything she had done .”
The “ousting” of Amy Hennig, apparently, was followed by a total reset of the project in narrative terms, as if to wipe out all traces of Hennig within the team.
Nolan North says the studio “did a full recast “, considering that “the original cast included Graham McTavish with a huge role in Hennig’s Uncharted 4”. The latter played Cutter in Uncharted 3.
Also, according to reports from North there was Todd Stashwick who was to play Sam, the brother of Nathan Drake, while Alan Tudyk played Rafe, while in the next version the former is replaced by Troy Baker and the latter by Warren Kole. The final version then added Nadine Ross , played by Laura Bailey, who was not present in the original version.
In short, the reworking was total, but North does not say it in a particularly negative way: “This is the business, the same thing happens in movies, on television. I’m just glad they didn’t cancel the whole project.”
As for Amy Hennig, news broke just yesterday that she is working on a new Star Wars game with Skydance Media, as well as a Marvel-licensed title .