Neil Burger writing and directing Uncharted film - Report

Following David O. Russell's departure from forthcoming flick, <i>Limitless</i> director now helming Nathan Drake movie; Mark Wahlberg's involvement in question.

Befitting its name, the film adaptation of Uncharted has lacked direction of late, as I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell dropped out of the project. Now, the film may have found a new captain.

The Uncharted flick is in need of a new director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) is in final negotiations to become the film's writer and director.

While the Columbia Pictures project has gained a new director, it may have lost its leading man. According to the report, it is unclear if Mark Wahlberg--who was pegged to play adventure hero Nathan Drake in the film--is still interested in joining the cast. Wahlberg has been a favorite of Russell's, appearing not just in I Heart Huckabees, but also The Fighter and Three Kings.

Unfortunately, further specifics on the upcoming film, like a potential release date or cast members, have not been officially announced. However, ex-director Russell had indicated his interest in having either Scarlett Johansson or Amy Adams play love interest Elena, with Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci talked about as Drake's father and uncle, respectively.

The next entry in the Uncharted series--Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--is due out on November 1, 2011. For more on that title, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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89 comments
KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

interesting....still look forward to the movie. i absolutely LOVE the games. xD

ruythalacker
ruythalacker

Why make a movie if you can make another game?

txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

Awesome game to Bad movie. Good movie to Bad game. So what!

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

just put in nolan north for drake he even looks like him

TigerRifle1
TigerRifle1

Mark Wahlberg's involvement in question?.....now thats change I can believe in.

white_wind
white_wind

come on. Nathan Fillion damit, they don't browse the internet? can't they see that almost all the fans agree on this actor.

terrascythe
terrascythe

I always though of Drakes Fortune as a comedy adventure, the banter between Nate and Sully is fairly thick throughout the game. Nathans character actually makes alot of goofy remarks and tongue and cheek comments when the pressure is on. I must be crazy, because I think Adam Sandler will make a great Nathan Drake.

killer690
killer690

f**************ck yeah!!! But make it good, not like those RE movies, my god they were bad........

swyg
swyg

mmmm...burger.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

if you want an uncharted story, just play the games, there plenty cinematic, and the games are defiantly a system seller, and an incentive to own a ps3...

ziproy
ziproy

Everyone likes Drake because he's a normal guy. Casting him as some big wig actor is not going to make this movie any better

Scimac
Scimac

Nathan Fillion has always had my vote from the first time I played Uncharted and I would love to see him on the big screen. Unfortunately, he's more of a TV actor than big screen. His previous big screen movies didn't do well at the box office and the executives and produces of the movie will be looking for someone who not only brings in the fans of the franchise but also those who have never heard of the games and for that you need a major movie star. The suggestion of Bradley Cooper is a good possibility or I was also thinking possibly Jeremy Renner as he seems to be the golden child at the mo. Oh and whoever suggested Bruce Campbell as Sully, you sir, are a genius.

crazimax
crazimax

look, here's what i think is the problem..while we're playing uncharted 2, we say things like "wow, that's some amazing blockbuster quality cinematics" when we saw that train action scene...when we watch a movie, action scenes like the one with the train is EXPECTED..so when a uncharted 2 movie comes out, we won't be wow by the fact that it has all that action cause IT'S ONLY A MOVIE..uncharted is nothing new people!!..go watch NATIONAL TREASURE if u want a uncharted movie..uncharted has no original concept whatsoever..keep it as a game only please!..uncharted 1 and 2 is one of my top favorite games btw if you're just thinking im hating

thefinsters
thefinsters

Nathan fillion or Bradley Cooper. Marky Mark doesn't fit with this part!

prioritymail
prioritymail

Bradley Cooper would also make a good Drake. Please, anything but Mark Wahlberg! (I like Wahlberg but he does not fit this part)

opinions2
opinions2

What's wrong with Nolan North? He IS Drake!

rasputin177
rasputin177

I don't know much about Nathan Fillion as in actor but there is no question he looks the part.

BobMarley1969
BobMarley1969

I really want to see a movie about this game. But usually game to movie ideas fail.

McDog3
McDog3

Nathan Fillion anyone?

Drkcloud07
Drkcloud07

the games are already movies lol

newhighscore
newhighscore

why sully....sully's good name. leave it alone hollywood!

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

don't do it. Uncharted has a near perfect track record, don't f**k it up

tachsniper
tachsniper

no no no do not DO NOT make this film. Learn from history, films based on video games historically have SUCKED! Please don't do this to drake.

hyksiu
hyksiu

I hope this movie never gets made!

claykenobi
claykenobi

It's time for a new star to be born for this movie to work. Otherwise it will be a sh*tstorm behind an already huge sh*tstorm in Tomb Raider..

claykenobi
claykenobi

LESS big names and a great script gives this movie a shot in my opinion. Gotta find a new hero with a humble side like that of Drake's character in the game. Wahlburg fits in looks and toughness but I don't think he covers that charming characteristic that they need to make this adaptation convincing and fun for action adventure fans!

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

I know I may not sound completely optimistic but when has there ever been a perfect transition of a Video Games to a Movie?. I know there have been "ok" adaptations but I just don't see why an Uncharted movie is needed anyway. I guess it's for the people that lack the proper reaction time, problem solving abilities, or are just plain to lazy to play the game. If you have time to read a book--which I also enjoy--then you have time to play a game.

XxDaRkNiNjAxX
XxDaRkNiNjAxX

it's not too late to prevent another colossal video game film adaptation failure....

VXXXJesterXXXV
VXXXJesterXXXV

This is a few days old, but regardless this is the best thing to happen to this movie since David O. Russell started talking about his "vision" for the movie that sounded nothng like the source material at all.

fuzzybug24601
fuzzybug24601

Nathan Fillion for Drake and Bruce Campbell for Sully

dreman77
dreman77

Two words: NATHAN FILLION.

Tainted_Enigma
Tainted_Enigma

And so hollywood targets another great game to butcher like many others..

TigerRifle1
TigerRifle1

Don't know who Neil Burger is but DeNiro is good for Sully, leave out Pesci. Enough with this adding characters who aren't in the games.

Spurner
Spurner

Awhile back someone suggested Jensen Ackles from Supernatural. I can see it.

Snookies12
Snookies12

Grant from Ghost Hunters! That's who should play Nathan Drake, haha. I always joked that he was Grant from GH when playing the first Uncharted. But seriously, I doubt I'll go see this. Why watch a movie of it? The games are already close enough to a movie. It's not like this is going to top the games... :\

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

I hope the Uncharted movie is good, that way a sequel can come out, that sequel being Uncharted 2, which I would love to see in movie form.

Lazy_Marine
Lazy_Marine

Ugh no not ryan reynolds, no no he's gonna ruin everything, he just looks wrong, too boyish for a swashbuckling adventure of this calibre !

endorbr
endorbr

@horizonwriter - I throw in Ryan Reynolds because he already plays roles similar to Nathan Drake in a lot of his movies and he's about the right age for the character. Usually he portrays a witty likeable everyman character who has a problem with authority and is a bit of a smart ass. I just saw Green Lantern recently and that only helped to confirm for me that he could totally pull it off. And I throw him out there to say something different than the usual post most have of Nathan Fillion. And I can't think of anyone better to play Chloe than Claudia Black. She was/is that character.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Endorbr Good post. The only thing I'm not so sure about is your pick of Ryan Reynolds for Nate. I'm actually a fan of Reynolds and I think as far as acting and humor go he could easily pull it off. His voice though... I'm thinking it's too boyish for the role. Nolan North's voice can be pretty commanding in the role when he wants it to be and that's something I don't ever see Reynolds as being. I'd like to see someone more along the lines of maybe Josh Duhamel picked for the role. Your picks for Sully are golden with me preferring Simmons over Campbell (even though Bruce Campbell is f'ing hilarious), and I'm definitely on board with Emily Rose. I think of all characters she would be the easiest pick. She IS Elena - voice, movements and all, and she definitely has the looks. A possible Chloe is fun to speculate on. I always like to compare Elena and Chloe to Aeris and Tifa from Final Fantasy VII. The first is sweet, beautiful in a not overly sexual way, very girl next door in appearance but deceptively tough while the other is your hard-bodied, sexy bombshell that kicks serious ass. If you've ever seen Claudia Black when she was a little younger she could totally be Chloe. She had the physical appearance not to mention just like Emily Rose, she IS Chloe. Now though... I'm not so sure. They'd have to work some movie magic to shave off some years, but if they can make Cate Blanchett look like a young 20 something in the Curious Case of Benjamin Button...

speedylomeli
speedylomeli

This movie is going to be a of pile sh|t. There are no decent actors out there that want to do a movie based on a game. If this movie ever gets finished, I predict metacritic.com and rottentomatoes.com are going to blast this movie to hell will low scores.

Chiyo18
Chiyo18

BRUCE CAMPBELL AS SULLY!!! he would make an awesome sully :D as for drake... i have no clue... but as long as it's not wahlberg, i think i'll be fine. maybe. amy adams COULD possibly play elena. she's hilarious and sort of acts similar to the way ND wrote the character anyway. but not scarlett johansson. i don't have anything against her, but she looks nothing like elena.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Neil bergors not to bad limitless was a pretty good film but marky Mark as Nathan drake still feels wrong

y2guru
y2guru

Colin ferguson would be a great Nathan drake

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

I can rest a little easier both on the news of Russell leaving and Wahlberg possibly not going to be in it either.

endorbr
endorbr

Let's just hope they scrap everything that David O. Russell came up with and just try and make a movie that stays true to the games. It doesn't have to be the same stories or anything but don't try going off into weird territory like that whole father/uncle family of thieves/treasure hunters whatever mess. Stick to the basic characters: Nathan, Elena, Sully, maybe even Chloe. The film will definitely have to be an origin story of sorts or you'll never get in touch with people unfamiliar with the franchise. I'm willing to make that concession if they'll just do it justice. As for my say if they want a name actor to play Drake (rather than just using Nolan North), how about Ryan Reynolds. As for Sully, Bruce Campbell or J.K. Simmons (or why not Richard McGonagle). Elena I'm a bit more open to suggestions but why not just use Emily Rose? (definite NO to Scarlett Johansson or Amy Adams though)

00ooPolarisoo00
00ooPolarisoo00

"Mark Wahlberg's involvement in question" Good! Go Nathan Fillion!!!!

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

To the people asking "why make a movie when the games are so great?" Ask yourself, "why make money when I can listen to prejudiced fanboys instead?" The Resident Evil movies weren't great, but they have still made a crapton of money, so that alone is incentive for companies to continue trying this. The movie probably won't be as good as the game simply because the game is one of the best around, but that doesn't mean it's not worth trying, especially since a successful movie may result in more games. Rather than judging a movie as a failure literally before the script has been written, why not let it be made first?