Naughty Dog has made it clear in the past: they don't want Hollywood to ruin their award-winning Uncharted franchise.

For a while, things appeared to be going well for the film adaptation, set to be directed by David O. Russell and starring Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake. But now, according to a recent Variety report , Russell has abandoned the project due to "creative differences" with Sony. Apparently, the split was "amicable;" it's just that Sony and Russell didn't agree on the movie's course. Now, though, they'll have to start from scratch with a new director and a new writer, so Wahlberg (and any other cast members Russell may have already nailed down) could be gone, too. The question is, what do the gamers think? Based on what we had heard in the past, maybe they won't be so devastated…

The details may have been sketchy and even downright inaccurate, but much of the info for the "Uncharted" film just didn't seem to jive with the game. Maybe we don't need a movie at all.

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sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

All for the best. I didn't dig the 'mafia family' thing they were planning

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

You sir, get a thumbs up.

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Thank god that director had the worst casting.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Except he wasn't the casting director. He was the film director. He may have had influence, but it isn't primarilly his job.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 5/27/2011 9:40:50 AM

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

We were lucky to get Russell for Uncharted. The Fighter was a really good movie. Now I just hope a movie isn't made. :_(

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Apparently you didn't hear what he wanted to do with the movie. Trying to make it all soprano esque and stuff… Sorry that's not what we want to see uncharted portrayed as in Hollywood! That's not even close to what Uncharted is about.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 5/26/2011 10:52:01 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

The Fighter was great, but he wanted to change everything about Uncharted. Not only is that not cool, his ideas sucked and he seemed to know nothing about the game even thought claimed to have played it a lot with his kids.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

I don't know anything about Mafia/family changes or anything else he wanted, but I know he's better than some second-rate director typical of video game movies.


Last edited by Claire C on 5/27/2011 1:48:29 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Nobody said he's not a good director… He was simply taking the movie putting the Uncharted name on it, taking the characters, but changing the source material. He was abandoning the whole heart and soul of what makes Uncharted, Uncharted.

He is/was NOT meant for this project.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 5/27/2011 3:21:31 AM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

You Claire C, get a thumbs down.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

I'll keep my mouth shut next time.
:_(

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

Thank goodness. The whole family thing was pretty stupid. I think mark is going to leave since him and david have a close relationship.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I didn't like a single thing I've hear about this movie. Great news.

oONewcloudOo
oONewcloudOo
9 years ago

Thank god that director was like cancer to the uncharted francise.

Mamills
Mamills
9 years ago

Yeeeesssssssssss!!!
sorry but from what ive been reading online, thank god. that dude had no idea what Uncharted was about

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

That's great news! Between all the BS the guy was saying about Drake being in the mafia and how he was such a big fan of the games, it was clear he didn't have the best interests of the fans (and ND) in mind. I'm glad they finally ran him off.

Now all Sony has to do is find someone in Hollywood who actually cares enough to try and make a faithful/good adaptation of the game and we'll be all set.

OverBerg
OverBerg
9 years ago

While I'm excited about an Uncharted movie, I like this news. Marky Mark could have been ok, but I was never really on board with it. I say listen to the fans of the game. They will the ones waiting with tickets in hand. …Is Nathan Fillion clearing his schedule yet?

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

An amicable kick in the ass. Well done Sony.

naruto316
naruto316
9 years ago

now this is what is wrong with hollywood. the uncharted games are the next gen indiana jones type movies so i just never could understand why they don't just do that type of movie… i hope the next guy if they go ahead gets that and does it the way it should be made.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

wonderful
i'm delighted

Miggy
Miggy
9 years ago

That's good news. I don't think he ever played the game from what he said before in interviews.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

This is fantastic news, I said "Yesss" aloud when I read it. This idiot didn't have the slightest idea what the heart and soul of the game was about. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Also this opens up Fillion for the part, my pick is still David Boreanz though.

Karosso
Karosso
9 years ago

That could work really well, hadn't thought of David Boreanz but, he would make a cool Drake for sure.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

yeah in Bones he pulls off the cocky hero with one line jokes really well, plus he has the look down.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I like him a lot too… No arguing from me about either him or Fillion! Both would do great!

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I am more than happy about this! Can I get a re-cast to please? I hear Nathan Fillion would love to play Drake! Let's get it done right this time shall we! I'd love for this movie to hit home with the fans, if they don't do it right, dont do it at all! Glad he stepped down cus this whole thing started to sound like a horrible horrible attempt at making an uncharted movie.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Works for me, let's find a director that knows something about making *fun* action movies as well…

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Good point… I don't know who comes to mind personally though. Gore Verbinski did great with the pirate movies making them action oriented but fantasy was still in tact, as well as humor and believable characters. That my opinion though I know most people think otherwise of the movies. I don't know though really who could do the games justice. Might as well get the game development staff to do the movie! 😉

But I completely agree we need a director with those traits, hands down!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

So, because Sony didn't like the crime family angle for Drake, Russell takes his toys home? Fine by me. Now, either can the idea, or do it right.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Lol… we have enough crime about though… maybe it was too much of a dark idea… better to be lighter and more fun as you say…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Indeed, I think that Uncharted would be best served by an adventure movie with some of the light-hearted fun of the Indiana Jones series. No sense in going all hardcore action or crime or all dark and ominous on us. This is a video game, so let's have a movie people can have fun with. For that matter, let's have a movie that can be seen by teens without worry, so that they can be prompted to buy the next Uncharted game…

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

YES! *dances a jig for the rest of the evening*

In all seriousness, I've been awaiting this news for some time, and my good mood just got boosted yet again! Rejoice and resound with the hallelujah chorus!
Peace.

Shepherd Book
Shepherd Book
9 years ago

I am glad that Sony decided to pull the plug for creative differences. I'm sure Amy Henning had something to do with helping to make that decision.
The integrity on the story should not be compromised.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

This doesn't mean Uwe Boll is in does it?

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Dave Foley IS Nathan Drake.

FxTales
FxTales
9 years ago

Brilliant 😀

Shepherd Book
Shepherd Book
9 years ago

There has already been a story written that Sony liked according to one source:

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/director-david-o-russell-abandons-uncharted-drake-s-fortune-film-13716
"Scriptwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer wrote the first draft of the script, in which Sony is “still very high on.”

I wouldn't mind them grabbing Jon Favreau if he is available

___________
___________
9 years ago

THANK GOD!
he clearly had no freaking clue what uncharteds about!
the sopranos?
seriously!?
what world is this guy living in!?

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

Hopefully they get a director that isnt making a supranos movie out of this.
surely there are some directors that played, enjoyed and key component KNOW this game?

JonnyR
JonnyR
9 years ago

I cant understand why anyone would think an uncharted movie would be a good idea. The special thing about uncharted is that it makes you feel like you're playing a blockbuster movie, a stand alone movie would be a lesser experience.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i was no fan of where russell was taking the story for the film, but at least he was a good director. now, who knows who we will end up with. paul w.s. anderson? just kidding. he's busy working on the 3 musketeers and resident evil.

as for walhberg…i'm not sure he was the best fit for this movie, but i don't think fillion is a big enough name.

i will wait to cheer russell's departure once we here who the new director is.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Why does Fillion have to have a big name to play the role? Most people know who he is from firefly in which he was great! His resume us plenty impressive enough, especially with the success castle has had.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Fillion has better name value now thanks to Firefly, Serenity and of course most recently Castle…

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I love Fillion, but he'd have to lose 30 pounds to play Drake.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I hope they just abandon the entire movie making idea. Not just Naughty Dog but the entire game business. Let the directors do what they are good at, writing movie scripts, and the game makers focus on what they do best: Making games. I do understand the value of spin-offs, but bah – there's still so much uncharted territory within the game format itself, these movies are just unnecessary diversions imo.

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
9 years ago

If it meant a change of cast too, I'd like to see Nathan Fillion play Nathan Drake. I remember a few of you guys suggesting him a while back but I hadn't heard of him at the time. I've since seen Slither, and totally agree, he would be great.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

You need to watch firely, and serenity also, if you havnt!

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Good, Now bring Nathan Fillion back, it would be criminal to continue this film without casting him. I shall not take another second of interest until I hear he is cast.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

I'm sure his idea would have worked, hell may have even been good, who knows??? Those ideas just wouldn't have worked for an Uncharted movie.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Good. I hated that Sopranos talk. I think him saying he'd played the game is total BS. This guy isn't an idiot. If he had played it, he would have known the proper vision. I guarantee he had never touched the game.