May 27, 2011

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Uncharted Movie Off Track

Uncharted Movie Off Track

To the pleasure of most of the Uncharted fanbase, David O. Russell, who also directed “The Fighter,” has dropped out of writing and directing the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune movie.

Russell’s departure from the project is due to creative differences as it appears that Sony has opted to go with a script more closely associated with the movie’s video game counter-parts.  Many fans of the series thought Russell’s vision for the movie, “a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,” made the movie part of the Uncharted franchise in name only.

According to the LA Times, the script had already been completed but Sony felt it was to long and also too ambitious.  Also in the script were a number of new characters that were not in the video games.  The casting of Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake is now in doubt since he was Russell’s choice, although nothing regarding Wahlberg has been confirmed.

Sony is moving forward with the project, and from this point onward, will be working off an earlier script written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who have been working on the script for the Conan the Barbarian remake.

[Source: LA Times]