"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.

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Karosso
Karosso
9 years ago

🙁 this does not sound anything like Uncharted… Please ND just pull out of it and let them call this travesty of a movie something else.

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

Well movies based on games tend to suck just as much as games based on movies do.

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

Ya they do, but at least the other movies try to stick to the same friggin genre, I mean sopranos? wtf?

benfen97
benfen97
9 years ago

There were some good movie-game games. I'd list some but I cbf.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

WTF!?

Is this guy smoking something? That doesn't sound like Drake at all, in any way

A crime family? WTF! Drakes not a freaking criminal, I think it was clearly established in the last game that he's not really into that.

Drakes (plural!?) Oh what, does this idiot think Sully s Drake's Dad?

Come on, this is bull, if this is how the Drake movie goes, I won't even bother my butt to rent the sucker on disk or download.

There are words running around my head that I can't really type here, and even if I do, the filter will remove them. So let's just say that Uncharted isn't about the bloody mafia. The Sopranos are an utterly different thing, different concept, different scenario, different characters, different bloody everything. Someone at ND and Sony – who have actually played the games – needs to step in and crack some heads or this will flop bigger than a movie based on say…Doom, Wing Commander or even two supposed plumbers of Italian extraction.

No, no, NO, NOOO! Just freaking well NO!


Last edited by TheHighlander on 2/10/2011 11:14:02 AM

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

Well, technically Drake is a criminal. He has demonstrated a casual disregard for the law. But even so he's totally unaffiliated with any criminal organization and of course has no known blood relatives. I've got real bad feeling about this.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

He must be confused and think this is Indiana Jones.
***

I just read the interview. I think he is referring to "family" metaphorically, not literally.


Last edited by Nynja on 2/10/2011 12:04:35 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Even if he was, there's still no "crime family" in the game. And certainly not one that even remotely resembles the Sopranos.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Mayhaps this family is referring to is Drakes family, as in Ma and Pa Drake. Might we expect the movie to show some of his childhood and adolescence, progessing into the man he is today.

Or maybe he's never played the game and is just making stuff up.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

@Ben

Um…yeah…well…

i got nothing.

Shams
Shams
9 years ago

Anyone know what happened to BikerSaint?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Nope, I was beginning to wonder that myself. I know there's been a ton of rough weather, so I kind of figured that perhaps the weather was causing him Internet problems.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

The last time he was gone for a while, he was in lock-up IIRC.

wolf3ax
wolf3ax
9 years ago

Soo… I think he watched his kids playing heavy rain, who lied to him saying it was unchrated so they wouldnt get in trouble for playing some M rated goodness.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Wow I wish there was something ND could do to stop this. Last I heard they liked the direction the movie was going, but this can not be right! It sounds to me like he is playing something completely different. Or rather not playing it at all! What a joke!

I was very excited about this movie a year ago. As of right now this could be a devastating blow to even the game series! ND needs to and better be aware of this. This could turn upside down! I'm piss**!!

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

It looks like this guy knows next to nothing about the source material and doesn't really care to know.

It sounds to me like he doesn't love the source material. He only loves what he can do with the source material, or more to the point do TO the source material. It's the same kind of situation that gave birth to the travesty of "The Last Airbender".

Nathan Drake has never demonstrated any particular interest in justice. He's mainly just trying to make a living. He just happens to clash with people who are the scum of the earth in the process.

But I actually kind of got a bad feeling about this early on when I heard the names Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. First, their inclusion is going to jack up the budget unnecessarily. Second, this is "Uncharted", an adventure franchise. It's not some gangster flick like Casino and it sure as hell isn't anything like The Sopranos. And I have watched the Sopranos before by the way.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 2/10/2011 11:29:14 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

In order for this movie to succeed it needs (aside from the biggest script rewrite in history) to have no big star power whatsoever. Actually they would do quite well just to hire the voice actors as they already have the attitudes, voices, and looks down pat. This should be done for the Heavy Rain movie too.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
9 years ago

I hope this isn't the route that the film takes;
<rage guy>
"FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU"

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

"CCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK"


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 2/10/2011 11:49:39 AM

Ole_Gunner
Ole_Gunner
9 years ago

Horrified. I'm not even gona rent this.

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Yeah even the Live action movie of Ryu Ga Gotoku (Yakuza ) sucked.They hired the right actors but the most important thing,they didn't base the story on the Original,that's what killed the movie.
I think the same thing will happen with Uncharted if they're not going to follow the original story.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It wouldn't bother me if they didn't follow the story of the game, in fact give it an all new one, but for God's sake you can't just ignore everything the source material is about and slap some names on it.

gumbi
gumbi
9 years ago

I haven't been excited about a video game to movie adaptation since… Mortal Kombat, and I was 11 years old could ya blame me?!? (the 11 year old in me still loves that movie by the way)

I just don't get my hopes up for these movies anymore. I cringe every time they are announced. It's always bad, Hollywood just has no clue.

Hell, a lot of these games have upwards of 60 min of cutscenes nowadays right? So just give the game devs 30 million dollars to re-render and paste together all the cutscenes/FMV's. Maybe make a few more to fill in the gaps and make that 90 min mark. I'd rather go to the theater for that than some bastardized hollywood garbage that does nothing more than tarnish the name of a great franchise…

gah!


Last edited by gumbi on 2/10/2011 11:33:20 AM

RebelJD
RebelJD
9 years ago

What the fu**? This is an insult. If those remarks actually came out of this "director's" mouth then I'm damn pissed. Crime family? Criminals? The Sopranos?! What is this guy bias and narrow minded? I sure as heck aren't and I sure as heck don't want to watch another "East Coast" based movie where the world only exists in "Boston, New York, or New Jersey" and we have to settle for dialog full of "East Coast" accents. Save that kind of stuff for a different genre and a different type of film.

For a film based off the "Uncharted" series it needs to be in a world similar to the one we're familiar with when playing the game.

If this movie becomes a complete joke then why even continue supporting the video games?


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 2/10/2011 12:18:08 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Why support the games?

Because they are freaking awesome, and just because Hollyweird screws up the premise making a movie, doesn't mean that ND had anything to do with the movie going in the wrong direction. So why punish them?

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Actually they been quoted saying they like direction it's going in & they're basically standing off to the side letting it happen so so technically it is they're fault for even approving it as a movie. But yeah the games are good so we should still support the games at least.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

Oh hell no! wtf is Russell thinking. I'm so tired of Hollywood taking our games and turning them into crap movies. What he's talking about sounds nothing like Drake at all. At what point is "family" involved. Naughty Dog needs to do something about this…if they can..

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

*sigh*…There goes the hopes for this movie.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I though at WORST it would come off as an Indiana Jones ripoff, but oh how I was wrong. That would be a blessing compared to this travesty. George Clooney is right about this guy.

A crime family? Are you effing kidding me? This thing is just doomed. I hate what Hollyweird does to our games but at least they typically have no real affect on how much we love the game series they butcher.

"Dear Ben, please have someone take a look at the code in the website. I have the pointer finger when I'm moused over any place on the page, and the giant Ad that I need to skip has a habit of popping up after I've begun to read the article.

Thank you"

JDC80
JDC80
9 years ago

I thought ND had control of the movie or am I thinking it's Bungie with the Halo movie? I don't mind people adding depth or putting their own spin on established characters but what this sounds like it's a rewriting of the main characters.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Wow, a lot of defeatist attitudes about something that hasn't even started to be produced yet…

But this is what I stated a few months ago that I was worried about… the director's take on things. While I continue to defend the actor's abilities (and Mark Wahlburg, too!), it will ultimately be decided by artistic direction of the director and the screen writer. Even if the actors fully understand their characters and nail them, if the director says otherwise, then "otherwise" happens.

Here's hoping these are just preliminary thoughts. Casting directors understand things much sooner than the actual director. It's quite possible that Russell hasn't begun his research much yet. (Directors often take credit for the casting director's work, by the way)

Either way, I wouldn't count my chickens til the eggs hatch, guys. All this early boycotting is a little silly. Be concerned, sure, but wait a bit longer. It might turn around.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 2/10/2011 11:51:24 AM

Xombito
Xombito
9 years ago

As much as I'm disappointed at the direction this movie is going so far, you are right my friend.

Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
9 years ago

No wonder Nathan Fillion says he's happy Mark Wahlberg got the part……

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I was clicking around the cable last weekend and watched Chun li fight Vega in that Chun Li movie out of curiosity and wow was that horrible. And yet recently they said they would be moving forward with more Street Fighter movies. I'm flabbergasted.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

They need to have Naughty Dog handle the live action movie. Then I'd go see it.

In it's current state, I refuse to watch such rubbish.

Xombito
Xombito
9 years ago

I'm just waiting for the news: " Uncharted adaption morphs into New Movie!"

0_o
0_o
9 years ago

Why is it called Uncharted then?!

Mamills
Mamills
9 years ago

lol, oh dear.
this movie is dead upon creation
lol, guess they're just using the name to sell a movie.
god i need to make it into the entertainment industry.

well folks hope you werent holding your breath for this to actually be successful

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
9 years ago

hell it will probably take place in a city too.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

I'd read the whole interview but the snippet Ben put up is retarded enough for me.

Thinker
Thinker
9 years ago

I have two more suggestions-for-change for David O. Russell in his movie.

Can you please:
(1) Change the name of the protagonist from Nathan Drake to something else, for example, Tony Soprano. Also, change the names of the main supporting characters.
(2) Change the name of the movie from Uncharted to something else.

That should just about do it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think Gamers need to form an official Board of Game to Move Adaptations or BOGMA. Gamers will know not to see movies that aren't Board Certified, and we will have the pleasure of mailing these companies massive lists of posted complaints during movie development in order to change the mind of the producers and directors.

Mamills
Mamills
9 years ago

lol, you know, that's actually a very clever idea.

Snorge
Snorge
9 years ago

Im down! Go for it!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

BOGMA LOL
You sir are a genius
Count me in!!

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Just say no to Move.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

lol, Game to Movie I mean 🙂

Veitsknight
Veitsknight
9 years ago

BOGMA FTW!

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

Not really a surprise considering the catalogue of craptastic movies based on our beloved vidjoegames,silent hill being the closest to acceptable.
resident evil-made me wanna cry,Doom-did cry,super mario bros & mortal kombat-not to bad if you dont have a head.
Then their's the uwe boll movies;haven't seen them all but house of the dead made me want to stick a red hot poker in each of my eyes and take a blow torch to my ears!
Unless this turns out to be the next dark knight i think i'll pass.

deadmanwithin
deadmanwithin
9 years ago

That just ain't right.Keep the story,keep the setting,ffs.Don't expect a couple of movie stars to make your film good.Mark Wahlberg is indeed a good actor,but even he couldn't fix the abomination that was the Max Payne movie.I loved both Max Payne games,and the second trailer for the movie was absolutely awesome.Too bad it was the only awesome thing about it.Essentially,if they had copied the story of the game the movie would have been really,really good.So,learn from the past mistakes of other people and actually do it this time.Or have Naughty Dog team up with someone and make it a graphic novel.


Last edited by deadmanwithin on 2/10/2011 12:52:35 PM