David O. Russell inks writing/directing deal for Uncharted movie - Report

The Hollywood Reporter says <i>I Heart Huckabees</i> director signs deal for upcoming adaptation of Sony's 2007 adventure game.

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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is officially coming to the silver screen with David O. Russell pegged to write and sit in the director's chair, a recent report indicates.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, I Heart Huckabees director Russell will write and direct the upcoming film based on Sony's popular action adventure game. The film will be produced and distributed through the Sony-owned Columbia Pictures.

Sony is betting Russell will help Drake make a fortune at the box office.

In early May, Russell was among a list of potential directors for the film, and in August it was reported that negotiations between Russell and Columbia Pictures fell through. However, now all bets seem to be back on.

Given Russell's directorial history (Spanking the Monkey, I Heart Huckabees, Flirting With Disaster), one might not see him as a fit for an action adventure story in the vein of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones. However, Columbia Pictures copresident Matt Tolmach thinks Russell's past experience, including his work on Three Kings, will help the upcoming video game film adaptation.

"David is a tremendous choice to take on this film," Tolmach said. "He's equally adept at combining all the classic elements involved in this property: great character development, strong comedy and amazing action sequences. He has a brilliant vision for this material and we know he will bring his original, unique voice to this adaptation."

Unfortunately, further specifics on the upcoming film, like a potential release date or cast members, have not been announced. All references to the film thus far have indicated that the flick will follow the events of the first Uncharted title and will not weave elements of Among Thieves and/or the possible third installment, into the narrative.

Russell's next film, the boxing drama The Fighter, starring Mark Whalberg and Christian Bale, is due out in December.

Discussion

31 comments
Lable1985
Lable1985

One more thing. If they don't use Emily Rose for Elana(whom both look identical) in the movie I'm gonna be pissed. I mean what better casting could they choose?

Lable1985
Lable1985

They shoulda just bulked up Nolan North, and hired him for the role of Nathan Drake. Anyone else agree?

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

What are the odds this gets cancelled? Anybody? It seems anytime there's an actuall PROMISING videogame adaptation, it eventually gets cancelled--especially with MGS (which I'm extreeeemely disappointed by) and Halo. This could be good if it comes out. But I'd still rather see a kick-a$$ MGS...

Moeez
Moeez

Chris Evans from the movie PUSH or Nathan Fillion would be good actors to play the role of Nate.

GravityDs
GravityDs

Yeah I have to say, Nathan Fillion would be a great choice for the role.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

If there's a sequel, I wonder if they'd get Claudia Black to play Chloe (again)!

master_of_nfs
master_of_nfs

@shkar Couldn't agree with you more my friend. Nolan North has movie experience, so him seen as Drake in the Live Action in it (since the character's looks were based on him) is a must-be

shkar
shkar

I hope that NOLAN NORTH himself will play the role of NATHAN DRAKE ,,,,, I mean I can't imagine a faked NATHAN DRAKE voice ...

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

WHOOO!!! DON'T MESS WITH EDDY RAJA!!!

StArDr1fTeR
StArDr1fTeR

I hope they actually try on this. Tomb Raider is one of my favorite games and the movie was a disappointment. I can't think of any movies that were made from games that were good. Well, Resident Evil (the first movie, hate the others) I thought was good but I had to not think about the game.

Rizion89
Rizion89

Why get the original cast for the movie? Nolan North, Emily Rose, and Richard McGonacle all look like their respective characters and they did all the MoCap anyway. They know their characters inside and out down to their very movements. But, if they must be recast, then I guess Nathan Fillion would be a natural choice for Drake. Though I'd prefer to see Nolan North get the credit he so rightfully deserves...

MEGA--X
MEGA--X

How about CG movie? I kinda hate it when the characters looks different in the game and movies >_>

akiwak
akiwak

All the previous films were unique and told a story well. Let's hope that it translates well over to this project!!!

monson21502
monson21502

they are gonna make a movie from uncharted??? well there goes super mario bros record for the worst game movie ever...

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

I just hope they don't make a love scene at the end of the movie.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

I heard this guy is a total a-hole to work for. But anyways, if Nathan Fillion doesn't play Drake, I'll go out of my way to NOT watch it.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

This movie better not suck! If it does, then I will never buy a movie made by Sony again. Why is Sony spending money on the movie, can't they just give us another uncharted game?

AnUndEadMonk3y
AnUndEadMonk3y

Hey I actually liked Tomb Raider. And Resident Evil was based off of the games and I LOVE that series. So Im gonna give them the benifit of the doubt before I throw in the towel.

X-7
X-7

I have never heard of this guy until today. lol The only directors I can think of is Cameron, McG, and Ridley Scott. But then I don't care about directors. Oh yeah and Uwe Boll and Paul Anderson. But they are horrible. :P

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

I think Russel could actually pull this off.

Barighm
Barighm

I'm starting to think most people involved in these projects are such big movie lovers they don't really care about video game movies. Tomb Raider was our best shot for a good movie at the time: well reputed actors, a story that didn't need to be tied to a game, and a genre many people love...and look how THAT turned out.

iamNinjaXYZ
iamNinjaXYZ

Wait... Uncharted is already a movie in itself. Not sure I see the point, but I'll go see it... oh, now i see the point.

Hladilnik
Hladilnik

In good hands, Uncharted can be the best movie-after-game ever. But why they just don't make Metal Gear Solid movie?

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

well at least they pick a guy that can write. because we all know uncharted sets its self apart with it's writing

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

yo this could be good for video game movies, now get brad pitt for the main charactor an we have a blockbuster, he can make any role come to life!!

helldude90
helldude90

I love the uncharted series, but I have a bad feeling about this tbh. I think uncharted should remain a video game.

ryuz4kee
ryuz4kee

actually this may be pretty good if they get the right actors/actresses. For God sakes use people that CAN ACT, I'm tired of all these new people that just look good but cant act worth a damn.