"Dear Naughty Dog: Please pay attention to what Hollywood has planned for their movie adaptation of your wonderful video game. …something bad may be happening."
While the "Uncharted" film may feature a star-studded cast – Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, etc. – and a competent director in David O. Russell, it appears there's something…missing in his understanding of the video game. During a recent IGN interview , he says he has "total respect for the game" and that his "kids love playing it." He also says he loves to play it and then goes on to mention some "family dynamic," talking about "a crime family that metes out justice in the world of art and antiquities." But it doesn't end there; Russell goes on to compare the "Drakes" to the Sopranas, in that they both have "great taste" and "a sense of justice." When asked why he wanted to make this game into a movie, Russell replied:
"Because it's centred around a family, and I like the combination of criminals and truth. These guys they're tough but they're working on this crazy case, and they can't do it without truth. I think that's cool."
…what's he playing? Did we miss a step? Nathan Drake is the only Drake we know of; Sully isn't related and neither is Elena. Chloe definitely isn't related. Drake's a lone-wolf treasure hunter that gets a little help here and there; this "family dynamic" thing doesn't seem to exist.
But then again, we imagine the chances of Russell actually having played either Uncharted are…well, low. And this is why Hollywood and the video game world just don't gel.